Allocates funding to high-poverty towns
Santa Fe, N.M. – Today, the New Mexico House of Representatives supported a bill to help fund services in small communities throughout the state.
House Bill 163, the Community Supplemental Support Fund, boosting New Mexican communities by appropriating funding and providing services for eligible municipalities with a high percentage of low-income residents, passed the House floor.
Sponsored by Representative Candie Sweetser (D-Deming), House Bill 163 supports eligible localities with populations between 10,000–25,000 that are struggling to fund operating expenses due to low tax revenue and higher than average poverty levels.
The Community Supplemental Support Fund will receive an initial general fund appropriation of $5,000,000. The funds would be distributed in proportional rates reflecting each specific town’s population and percentage of low-income persons.
“I am proud to sponsor House Bill 163, to provide services for the state’s small and rural communities to aid them in meeting the needs of their residents,” said Representative Candie Sweetser (D-Deming). “Artesia, Española, Gallup, Las Vegas, Portales, Sunland Park and my own city of Deming are prioritizing the state’s promise to uplift their people and creating this fund would mean greatly improved local infrastructure, economic development, and general wellbeing of their residents.”
House Bill 163 passed the House floor and now heads to the Senate for consideration.