Monday, 05 March 2018 20:24

Call to Action – Stop the ABQ GRT increase

Albuquerque City Residents: The Albuquerque City Council will vote tonight regarding a three-eighths of one percent (.375%) Gross Receipts Tax increase. We are asking you to show up tonight to speak against this tax increase or, in the alternative, write to the City Councilors and voice your objection.

The facts are simple. This tax increase is: 1) Detrimental to business growth and job creation; and 2) It is especially difficult for low-income and senior citizens on a fixed income. If Albuquerque wants to grow and get out of this financial crisis it is now in, the answer is to broaden the tax base by encouraging business growth and relocation, not driving it away and trying to take more from those who live and work here.

All city councilors, with links to their page and email, are listed below. Councilors Sanchez and Jones, are the co-sponsors of this horrible legislation. This is especially disappointing as Councilors Sanchez and Jones have, in the past, been among the more common sense councilors on the City Council.

District 1, Councilor Sanchez, President, kensanchez@cabq.gov District 2, Councilor Benton, ibenton@cabq.gov District 3 Councilor Peña, kpena@cabq.gov District 4 Councilor Winter, bwinter@cabq.gov District 5 Councilor Borrego, cynthiaborrego@cabq.gov District 6 Councilor Davis, patdavis@cabq.gov District 7 Councilor Gibson, dgibson@cabq.gov District 8 Councilor Jones, trudyjones@cabq.gov District 9 Councilor Harris, Vice-President, dharris@cabq.gov

The meeting will be at the Vincent E. Griego Council Chambers, basement level of the Albuquerque/Bernalillo County Government Center, 1 Civic Plaza NW, Albuquerque, New Mexico 87102. The meeting starts at 5 pm with general public comment signup beginning at 4:30 pm. NMBC will be there. We hope you can join us - or will send an email to councilors (above) if you cannot be at the meeting.

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