Albuquerque Journal (Albuquerque, NM)

County Tax Hike Plan Delayed.(Metro & New Mexico)

Byline: Isabel Sanchez Journal Staff Writer

Funds Would Help Jail Improvements

A proposed tax increase to pay for jail operations probably won't be put before the county to consider until fall, Commissioner Les Houston said Thursday.

Houston earlier this month held a news conference to bring attention to what he said was a crisis at the city-county jail because underpaid guards were working double shifts.

A one-eighth-cent increase in the sales tax an additional 25 cents on a $200 purchase would raise $15 million a year.

Houston said at his Jan. 12 news conference he would soon put the tax proposal on the County Commission agenda, but last week he said he'll wait. …

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