County optioning to increase taxes to close deficit

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FARMINGTON, N.M. (AP) – San Juan County officials have been presented with a list of options ranging from park and golf course closures to a sales tax increase to close a budget deficit.

The Daily Times reports that County Executive Officer Kim Carpenter presented the county commissioners with the options on Wednesday.

The county faces a shortfall of over $6 million in a program that helps uninsured residents pay medical bills and reimburses providers for care delivered to the uninsured.

The county already reduced the health care assistance program’s reimbursement rates to nearly half last month.

County officials say the shortfall largely results from the state’s new requirement that counties pay into a statewide fund that helps hospitals pay for uninsured care.

San Juan County must make a $3 million payment.

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