BernCo commissioners pass tax increase

BERNALILLO COUNTY, N.M. (KRQE) – Bernallilo County commissioners passed a tax increase Thursday that will add a quarter of a percent to the gross receipts tax, making it 7.25 percent.

That’s an extra quarter on every $100 spent. Those quarters will add up and bring in about $40 million a year.

Half of that money will be used for new mental health services and the rest will help pay the county’s bills. The county says its facing a $50 million budget shortfall.

The commissioners passed the tax on a 3-2 vote. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Users who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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