Albuquerque Journal (Albuquerque, NM)

Safety Tax Vote Nearer.(Final)

Byline: Jim Ludwick Journal Staff Writer

City Councilors Lean Toward Ballot Measure

A proposal to put a public-safety tax on the ballot has won at least the tentative support of a majority of the Albuquerque City Council.

"I think it will get on the ballot," said Councilor Eric Griego, sponsor of the measure.

Councilors are expected to consider the matter during June. It could go to voters in September if councilors agree to put it on the ballot.

The proposal calls for a vote on a quarter-cent gross receipts tax that would raise an estimated $26 million annually.

Thirty-four percent of the money would be used for police expenses; 34 percent would go to the fire department and emergency preparedness; 6 percent would go to corrections and detention; and 26 percent would support crime prevention and intervention programs. …

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