The Taos County Commission plans to draw straws to determine which of the three building’s at the county’s new complex will be named after which of the current commissioners.
“Whoever gets the bigger stick, that one building is named after that guy. And the other two [buildings] will have two names,” said commission chairman Joe Mike Durán at a Sept. 18 meeting.
To hear an audio excerpt from that meeting, visit www.taosnews.com.
On Tuesday (Oct. 2), the commissioners voted unanimously (Dan Barrone voted “OK”) to name the buildings after themselves. They did not say when or where the straw drawing would happen.
The county has $200,000 budgeted to buy artwork for the center of the plaza at the complex, which was completed in May 2011 and includes the administrative, judicial and detention buildings. Durán told county staff he’d like to see some of that money put toward naming the buildings after the sitting commission.
“I think it’s appropriate,” Durán said at the Sept. 18 meeting. “This commission has gone through a lot and I think we should be recognized for the next 40 years that these buildings are going to be here.”
The county has not done a cost estimate for manufacturing and installing the lettering of the commissioner’s names. The county says it cost about $2,000 to have the current sign “Taos County Administration” made and hung on one of the three new buildings.
It addition to the current commissioners, Gabriel Romero and Charlie Gonzales also sat on the board while the complex project was developed. The $46 million complex was paid for with a gross receipt tax approved by Taos County voters.
In 2011 a state senator from Bernalillo County introduced a bill that would have made it illegal for public buildings to be named after sitting politicians. The bill died before going to a vote.