The Chaves County Board of Commissioners voted Thursday for an ordinance authorizing agreements between the county and the New Mexico Finance Authority for more than $5 million of funding for renovations at the Chaves County detention centers.
A part of the agreement is for the delivery and execution of a loan, which will be repaid with distributions of the county’s Correctional Facility Gross Receipts Tax. Commissioner Kyle Wooton said the tax is not new and there will not be a raise in taxes.
The board also approved a letter to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service regarding a decision to withdraw a proposed management plan of the Southwestern gray wolf in parts of the state, as well as Texas and Arizona.
Riggs said the Service had not included the county in its decision and the letter would establish the county’s interest in the matter, as well as “concerns they need to address.”
Commissioner Kim Chesser mentioned the possibility of the Service re-releasing two wolves into the wild later this month, despite both being established threats to their community.
He said the move was a surprise and the Service “wanted to do this before anybody got wind of it.”
“They keep wanting to do stuff under the radar,” Chesser said. “We are against the release of these wolves and if this continues, we will have wolves here whether we want them or not.”
The commissioners also held a public hearing for road repairs and plan to go out and look at the requested areas soon.
An earlier version of this story incorrectly stated Chesser said the wolves had already been released. It has since been edited. The Record regrets the error.