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County Commission approves final budget

July 27, 2012 • Local News

Chaves County will close its books at the end of this month and prepare for a new fiscal year, which accounts for the use of reserve money to finance the design, construction and renovation of the Chaves County Adult Detention Center. The CCDC has a projected $6.5 million in expenditures for the upcoming fiscal year.

At its regular business meeting Thursday, the County Commission approved the close-out budget adjustments for the 2011-2012 fiscal year and the final budget for the 2012-2013 fiscal year.

Finance Director Joe Sedillo said the final budget included EMS and fire funds. The county’s revenues for the upcoming fiscal year are projected to be $20,055,125 and its expenditures $23,023,125.

“We need to continue to be vigilant in holding the line and being an efficient governmental entity, and at the same time try to meet those true demands that the public has on services that the county is expected to provide. I think we’ve done so in this budget,” said Commissioner Greg Nibert. “But again, this detention center remodel, additions are going to be a challenge not only for this commission but for the next several commissions as we continue to grapple with that issue.”

In other business, the commission approved a special use permit in Area II, Zone A, Residential to allow for a second residence for caretaking purposes. The residence is for a daughter to take care of her parents, said Planning and Zoning Director Marlin Johnson.

Additionally, the commission approved three separate agreements with the New Mexico Department of Transportation for single penetration chip seal on three separate areas of county roadway that have not been resurfaced for six to eight years. The Cooperative Agreement Program Project will cover about 41.35 miles of county roads. NMDOT will pay $93,501 and the county will pay $31,167 of the $124,668 total project costs. The 2012/2013 School Bus Route Program Project will cover approximately 20.92 miles of county roads. NMDOT will pay $63,505 and the county will pay $21,168 of the $84,673 total project costs. The County Arterial Project will cover approximately 72.99 miles of county roads. NMDOT will pay $210,685 and the county will pay $70,228 of the $280,913 total project costs.

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