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'Local Revenue' tax bill worries Dona Ana and Las Cruces leaders

By: Joshua Zuber
LAS CRUCES, N.M. -- There is a proposed law in New Mexico's state Legislature.

It has some Las Cruces and Dona Ana County leaders upset.

I don't think that's fair to Dona Ana and Sierra County residents, Las Cruces Mayor Ken Miyagishima said to KFOX 14 in a phone interview.

Miyagishima is talking about House Bill 13.

It's moving relatively fast in this 30-day session, which ends at noon Thursday.

The "local revenue" bill has already made its way through the state House and now awaits a Senate Education Committee hearing.

If it creates disequalization in districts like mine, we want impact aid money back. We want the formula changed, state Rep. Patricia Lundstrom.

Lundstrom is talking about way schools are funded throughout the state.

She believes that the on-average $2 million Dona Ana County schools, for example, gets from this spaceport tax is unfair.

That is a problem because we have an equalization formula in the state of New Mexico, which means there is a set amount of dollars that goes into each school district for educational purposes," she said.

Which Miyagishima says is a fine formula, but he says a 2007 ordinance is not in violation of that.

Therefore, he said, this new proposal is not a good idea.

Why would two counties raise its own taxes to be spread out about all 23 counties? I think it's just wrong by the legislator who passed it, Miyagishima said.

Miyagishima says he would ask the governor to veto this legislation if it reached her desk.



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