Albuquerque Journal (Albuquerque, NM)

Service Funds Key to Tax Fight.(Final)

Byline: Jim Ludwick Journal Staff Writer

Most Money Set Aside for Safety

A fight is brewing over a public-safety tax proposal that will go to voters this fall -- and so far, much of the talk has centered on social-service programs, rather than police and firefighters.

The proposal, approved for the ballot by city councilors this week, calls for a quarter-cent gross-receipts tax that would raise an estimated $26 million annually for public-safety efforts, including social-service programs that are meant to prevent crime.

Social-service programs would get an estimated $6.7 million annually, about 26 percent of the money that is raised by the tax. …

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