Albuquerque Journal (Albuquerque, NM)

County Debates Tax Hike for Jail.(Metro & New Mexico)

Byline: Isabel Sanchez Journal Staff Writer

* Commissioners divided on whether to ask voters to pay for corrections expenses, raises for guards

County Commissioner Les Houston, who said he doesn't take words like "crisis" lightly, said Friday he would ask for a tax increase to fund jail operations, particularly raises for guards.

But support for the proposal isn't forthcoming from the city, according to a mayoral spokesman, and the chairman of the County Commission said he wants to proceed with caution, if at all.

The commission in December talked about asking voters to approve a one-eighth-cent increase in the gross receipts tax but took no action. …

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