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Posted: Friday, February 1, 2013 12:00 pm

Taos Mayor Darren Córdova spoke to the town’s commitment to providing quality services in the face of declining revenue during his State of the Town address Jan. 24.

The address was attended by leaders from the town, county, Taos Pueblo and the business community, among others.

Córdova prefaced his speech by presenting awards to attorney Brian James and Public Works Director French Espinoza for the accomplishments of their respective departments during 2012. Córdova described James as a “no-nonsense type of guy that gets things done” and Espinoza in similar terms, saying his department consistently meets tough deadlines.

“(Espinoza) gets things done in the trenches, literally,” he said.

Córdova went on to describe some of the financial challenges facing the town and said town leaders are committed to fiscal accountability. He said at a time when many municipalities are facing furloughs, layoffs, cutbacks “or even worse,” the town of Taos is working proactively to address decreases in tax collections and other financial challenges through “constant monitoring of our budget.”

He went through town functions department by department, discussing various accomplishments from the past year and describing the challenges employees continue to face. He said the town is committed to ensuring its actions reflect the goals, values and vision of the community.

Córdova described Taos’ finances as “very solid and in-the-black and stable.”

“We have had to make tough decisions,” he said.

Among them, Córdova said the town has had to cut funding for deserving nonprofits and ask employees to “do more with less” when positions are lost through attrition. “That’s the environment that we’re in,” he said.

Córdova said it is important for the town to continue investing in infrastructure and marketing. “We’ve actually increased (our marketing budget) from last year,” he said, to nearly $530,000.

Córdova thanked the town’s dedicated employees and credited them with working hard on behalf of the public.

“We’re seeing a decline, but we’re on top of it,” he said. “We know our responsibility.”

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  • Linda Bence posted at 12:41 am on Sat, Feb 2, 2013.

    Linda Bence Posts: 493

    Hopefully, the town will take a close look at its marketing strategies and schedule weekend activities that will appeal to families rather than to limited target groups. Parents who are looking for vacation destinations with their families won't find their kids begging them to see the outstanding women of Taos or an event in the park that focuses on a small percentage of the population. We need healthy, broad-spectrum activities for family groups who will generally spend larger amounts than one or two people.

    The town should not think that their idea of annexing the airport to commandeer the sales tax revenue will meet with any favor with those who live in the county. It is the county residents who will feel the greatest impact with noise and additional traffic that will further damage the already road infrastructure of the county. The county needs that tax revenue more than the town does. Who is it that the hospital is looking to get money from? The indigent fund from the county which will surely lesson if the town takes the revenue that the county needs and is entitled to.

    If the town is in as good a shape as the mayor says, then he should be able to trim his expenses and leave the county's revenue alone.