Commissioners discuss minimum wage, Santolina project

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (KRQE) – The Bernalillo County Commission has a lot on its plate Tuesday, from security at the Metropolitan Detention Center to a minimum wage increase.

County documents indicate MDC’s surveillance system is old and needs to be repaired or replaced. The resolution commissioners plan to review Tuesday, will help to fund those improvements.

The improvements include installing high resolution cameras in each day room, and then eventually replacing existing cameras and putting in more. The proposed resolution reveals it will cost nearly $1.8 million.

Also on the agenda is a move to hire on a company to help the county with advertising and marketing. It sent out a request for proposals a few months back. Now, leaders think they’ve found the right match for the job with Media Matched. It’s a local company specializing in buying advertising across all platforms — print, broadcast, TV.

Commissioners approved a minimum wage increase for cost of living — from $8.65 to $8.70.

They will likely take another step towards Santolina, too. On Tuesday’s agenda, there’s a proposal to create tax districts to help pay for the development’s infrastructure, creating what are called tax increment development districts for Santolina. They help pay for development and local infrastructure costs there, like water and roads.

These districts would be able to collect up to 75-percent of certain gross receipt tax revenues and up to 45-percent of the property tax revenue. County documents indicate they could generate up to nearly two billion dollars. The commission already approved the districts’ creation but can’t make it official before presenting it to voters.

Once commissioners approve Tuesday’s resolution, they’ll have 60 days to hold a public meeting. That’s when they will release a map of the 40 districts.

The commission meeting is set for Tuesday at 3 p.m. 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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