March 9, 2018 – This week the Albuquerque City Council voted to increase the gross receipts tax by three-eighths of one percent in order to address a $40 million dollar deficit in the city’s budget and tackle the public safety crisis. One of Mayor Tim Keller’s campaign promises was that he would only raise taxes as a last resort, and then only after taking the issue to the city voters. But with the Council’s 8-1 vote, the decision was veto-proof, and Mayor Keller went on record saying he respects the Council’s action.
Gene Grant leads the Line panel in a discussion on the tax hike, which is set to go into effect July 1.
Dan Foley, former House minority whip
Tom Garrity, The Garrity Group PR
Inez Russell Gomez, opinion page editor for the Santa Fe New Mexican
Sophie Martin, attorney
Council passes tax hike on ‘difficult’ vote – by Maddy Hayden, Albuquerque Journal