The Las Cruces City Council will meet via video conference at 1 p.m. Monday, Dec. 7, 2020.
A Resolution to place a 12-month moratorium on business registration fees charged by the City of Las Cruces will be considered by the City Council. If adopted, the moratorium would be in effect from Jan. 1, 2021, until Dec. 31, 2021.
A temporary $5 business registration fee for 2021 has been recommended by the Las Cruces Economic Recovery Ad Hoc Board (LCERB). Typically, the City’s annual business registration fee is $35.
After a review of business registration fee requirements established by the Las Cruces Municipal Code, the LCERB determined that registered City businesses could benefit from a lower registration fee due to negative economic impacts caused by the pandemic. The LCERB concluded that a 12-month moratorium will allow the City to establish a reduced registration fee while local businesses remain in compliance with annual registration fee requirements.
The Council will also consider a Resolution approving the City’s top capital outlay project priorities to be submitted to the 2021 New Mexico Legislature. The 60-day legislative session begins on Jan. 19, 2021.
At an Oct. 26, 2020, City Council work session, staff presented capital appropriation projects from Council and City departments. A list of projects was selected based on project readiness, the project is listed on the State of New Mexico Infrastructure Capital Improvement Plan (ICIP) for 2021, anticipated additional funding sources, and the scalability of the projects.
The proposed list of capital outlay projects includes:
- $3.8 million for septic system replacement.
- $1.5 million for Branigan Cultural Center improvements.
- $1.25 million for East Mesa roads and drainage.
- $844,000 for Public safety communications upgrades.
- $500,000 to plan, design, construct, equip, and furnish a new passenger terminal at Las Cruces International Airport.
- $400,000 to extend Madrid Avenue from Martha Drive to Triviz Drive.
Additionally, City Council will consider the adoption of a Resolution reaffirming the City’s support for legislative priorities from previous legislative sessions that are still relevant today, as well as items that have been approved by the Council during 2020. The resolution will establish the City Council’s official position on 14 priorities.
Monday’s Council meeting will be televised on Comcast Cable channel 20. It will also be available online at clctv.com and at YouTube.com/clctv20.
The full agenda for the meeting is available by clicking here.