$12.8M in capital outlay possible for Taos County

By John Miller
jmiller@taosnews.com
Posted 2/27/20

The New Mexico House of Representatives this month approved legislation designating $528.2 million in capital outlay funds for projects in communities throughout the state, with $12.8 million earmarked for Taos County.

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$12.8M in capital outlay possible for Taos County

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The New Mexico House of Representatives this month approved legislation designating $528.2 million in capital outlay funds for projects in communities throughout the state, with $12.8 million earmarked for Taos County.

A variety of projects within the county made the list that will go to the governor's desk for signing in coming days, but the biggest winner by far is the Taos Regional Airport, which may receive a total of $5.4 million in capital outlay funds.

Linda Perry, grants and revenue director for the town of Taos, told Taos News this week that monies directed toward the regional airport, which launched chartered jet flights to and from California and Texas over the last two years, will go toward a new air terminal and hangar.

"The hangar that we have right now isn't large enough for Taos Air jets," Perry said. She referred Taos News to Taos Ski Valley Chief Executive Officer David Norden for further information about what else the future holds for the expanding airport.

Other notable funding for projects in Taos County include $1.7 million for a new health station and cannabis processing equipment at Picuris Pueblo; $200,000 for a new gas pipeline to be constructed along State Road 518; $180,000 for new animal control vehicles and equipment and $1.42 million to restore historic structures at Taos Pueblo; $450,000 to replace an old waterline in Red River; and $150,000 for a new booster station for Taos Ski Valley. Various water districts throughout the county also made the cut for funding for improvement projects.

The capital outlay figures for all New Mexico communities, however, have yet to be determined by Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham, who can line item veto projects before she signs the bill.

A Feb. 18 article from the Santa Fe New Mexican indicated that the governor had not yet indicated which projects she does or does not support for capital outlay funding.

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