PORTALES CITY OFFICIALS RELEASE STATEMENT REGARDING MAIL IN BALLOT
PORTALES (KSEL) – A number of questions have been asked about the special mail in ballot that was sent to residents in Portales. City officials released the following statement regarding the nature of the ballot. “Ordinance No. 737 was adopted in January this year by the City Council to amend existing City Code regarding Economic Development funds. For the ordinance to become effective, State law requires that the ordinance be voted on by the eligible voters of the municipality. The question is FOR or AGAINST making the ordinance effective. Ordinance No. 737 amends existing code to expand the uses of Local Economic Development Act (LEDA) funds that assist the community in attracting businesses into Portales or improving businesses in Portales. The ordinance does not increase the LEDA tax. LEDA authorizes the use of public money for economic development purposes since it does benefit the public with potentially more employment opportunities and more gross receipts tax (sales tax) that is the funding source for services the City provides, such as Police, Fire, Streets, Parks, Library, Municipal Court, Planning.” Additional questions can still be directed to the Portales City. The deadline to return the ballots is April 4th at 7:00 p.m.