The Daily Times reported (http://bit.ly/2qwdUhS) Wednesday that County [auth] Commission Chairman Jack Fortner says the county’s budget will be contingent on what lawmakers and the governor do next week.
Legislators will be discussing so-called hold harmless payments, which are given to local governments in place of food tax revenue.
Gov. Susana Martinez has considered bringing back a food tax, which would eliminate the need for the hold harmless payments.
County Executive Officer Kim Carpenter says the county could lose $2 million if the move goes through. He says there are contingency plans in the works if the payments end and the county is unable to collect food tax.