Albuquerque Journal (Albuquerque, NM)

Public Safety Tax On Ballot.(Final)

Byline: Jim Ludwick Journal Staff Writer

Voters To Weigh Quarter-Cent Hike

City councilors agreed Monday to put a public-safety tax on the ballot this fall.

Voters will be asked to consider a quarter-cent gross-receipts tax that would raise an estimated $26 million annually for police, firefighters and public-safety efforts, including social-service programs that are meant to prevent crime.

"This is an extremely balanced proposal," said Eric Griego, who sponsored the measure. "We need to make public safety, in a holistic sense, our No. 1 priority."

Councilors voted 6-2 to put the tax on the ballot. The proposal was supported by Griego, Michael Cadigan, Miguel Gomez, Brad Winter, Greg Payne and Tina Cummins. …

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