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Raton approves final budget

RATON, NM — The final budget for the coming fiscal year for the City of Raton was approved at the Raton City Commission regular session Tuesday. The city budget shows revenues of $4,759,392 and expenses of $4,912,234. The budget approved does include the budgets of the Raton Water Works and Raton Public Service. Commissioners heard from Michael Anne Antonnuci and approved the fiscal year end budget adjustments for the city and Raton Water Works. The final adjustment included transferring monies that had been left in grants or other funds that needed to be moved to the general fund. Antonucci is hopeful the city will see some increase in GRT this next year with some of the ongoing construction projects. She also noted the budget is a living document, and they will see adjustments throughout the year. Antonucci went over the financial reports with commissioners Tuesday evening. Commissioners then approved the year end financial reports which Antonucci indicated had a few bright spots, one of which was the city managed to control expenses to the point that they offset the 4% decrease in gross

receipts taxes. Those reports will be finalized and sent to the state. In other business, commissioners were given an option of funding the Multi-Model center in three different additive bids. The commission had received bids from Anissa Construction Inc. and Stoven Construction Inc for all three bids. City Manager Scott Berry told commissioners they have enough money to fund the base project but not quite enough for either additive bid. Roy Gibson with Bohannan Huston was on hand to explain the bids. Gibson explained that they bid a base project with additive bids for additional projects within the multi-model center. The base bid from Anissa was $689,469.97 while Stoven bid $928,507.14. Additive one includes a gazebo and additive bid two includes a bike building. Anissa bid $1,116,770.62 for the base bid and additive #1 and bid $1,336,525 for base bid including additive projects one and two. Commissioners began their meeting hearing from the Gate City Music Festival committee with a run down on the many activities for the festival, which will include world-class entertainment from Deana Carter, Crystal Yates and others. Commissioners approved Bill Allen and Paul Jenkins to the Raton Economic Development Board. They approved JL Builders as the low bidder for the Arthur Johnson Memorial Library plumbing project with a low bid of $59,740 plus gross receipts tax. Berry noted that Municipal Court Clerk Sherry Romero was awarded the Court Clerk of the Year for the state. Commissioners also approved the mutual aid agreement with Trinidad Fire, and Raton Fire and Emergency Services. For a complete rundown on the Raton Commission meeting, including presented and supporting documents, go to our partner news-site: krtnradio.com