Vote no on GRT hike

Santa Fe New Mexican - - OPINIONS -

We can’t blame you if the spe­cial elec­tion to raise Santa Fe County gross re­ceipt tax rates is go­ing un­no­ticed. But, yes, there is an elec­tion hap­pen­ing now. Tues­day (Sept. 19) is elec­tion day proper, with convenience cen­ters open for voting from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. across Santa Fe County.

Our po­si­tion is that county GRTs are high enough al­ready. The Board of County Com­mis­sion­ers voted ear­lier this sum­mer to raise the GRT by one-eighth cent on the dol­lar. The elec­tion al­lows vot­ers to de­cide on ad­di­tional six­teenth of a cent hike. If both in­creases go into ef­fect, the tax rate within Santa Fe city lim­its would go up to 8.5 per­cent, and the rate out­side city lim­its would in­crease to 7.1875 per­cent. (One or both in­creases take ef­fect in Jan­uary).

The money is slated for wor­thy projects — pub­lic safety and staffing for the new be­hav­ioral health ser­vices cen­ter. As wor­thy as those en­deav­ors are, we be­lieve the $4.6 mil­lion that the com­mis­sioner-ap­proved tax in­crease will bring in can fund the county’s needs — with a bit left over. On the GRT tax in­crease for Santa Fe County, The New Mex­i­can rec­om­mends a no vote.

The opin­ion that mat­ters, of course, be­longs to vot­ers. Be sure to vote on Tues­day.

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