Town approves $90k for jail

By Jesse Moya
jmoya@taosnews.com
Posted 7/11/19

During a short regular town meeting Tuesday (July 9), the town of Taos Council approved three main items and were off to their homes before 5 p.m. - a jail contract, …

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Town approves $90k for jail

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During a short regular town meeting Tuesday (July 9), the town of Taos Council approved three main items and were off to their homes before 5 p.m. - a jail contract, polling place and a liquor license.

Jail: The council approved a $90,000 contract with Taos County to house inmates arrested within the town boundaries at Taos County Detention Center. The council sends money annually to the jail to be able to provide such services.The contract for jail services in 2018 was $75,000.

Police Chief David Trujillo presented this agenda item to the council and said the funds were necessary in providing care and food to the inmates. It costs approximately $75 per day per prisoner at the county jail. In 2018, the detention center had a budget of just over $3.1 million.

"The more arrests we make, the more money we will eventually need," Trujillo said during the meeting.

According to Trujillo, the detention center currently has six people incarcerated for municipal charges or warrants. During Monday's (July 8) workshop meeting, Trujillo also presented crime stats to the council which indicated that overall crime was going down in Taos.

Voting: The council also approved a resolution Tuesday making town hall the official destination for casting a vote for the upcoming 2020 municipal election.

In order to curb questions about where citizens will vote, town clerk Francella Garcia presented the resolution, which passed by unanimous vote.

"I feel like having it here at town hall is more convenient for the voters," she told The Taos News.

Elections will be held on March 3, 2020 at Town Hall for municipal officer elections. Two council seats will be up for grabs in that election.

Liquor license: The meeting had only one section of public hearing, which added another liquor license to the town of Taos. Mexico Lindo, the newest Mexican restaurant on 1014 Paseo del Pueblo Sur, was approved to serve beer and wine in its establishment. This adds to the nearly 40 establishments within the town of Taos where the public can buy a drink.

Mexico Lindo, like any other business applying for a liquor license approval, cannot be denied if it meets all the criteria needed to serve alcohol.

During the meeting, Nathaniel Evans, the mayor pro tempore, urged the applicants of Mexico Lindo to contact the nonprofit Taos Alive for additional training and information regarding the serving of alcohol.

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