This agreement, if approved, will continue funding tourism related services performed by the Gallup-McKinley County Chamber of Commerce. These services include operations of the year-round Visitor's Center, advertising and promotional services, and production of the annual Visitor's Guide. The agreement is the same as the agreement approved in FY23, but the proposed funding levels have increased due to increased costs for advertising, supplies, and printing, as well as an initiative to give Visitor's Center staff a pay increase due to increased cost of living and economic conditions.
This is the proposed funding breakdown:
a) $20,000 for advertising and promotional services
b) $85,000 for operation of the year-round Visitor Information Center
c) $35,000 for the 2023 Visitor's Guide production (Lodger's Tax funds only pay for printing of the guide; the Chamber sells advertising for the building and distribution of the guide)
In collaboration with the Gallup Fire Department, and the City of Gallup Behavioral Health Department we received an additional year of First Responders-Comprehensive Addiction and Recovery Act Funding (Short Title: FR-CARA). We will train and provide resources to first responders on carrying and administering Narcan (naloxone) for emergency reversal of known or suspected opioid overdose. This program aims to administer Narcan (naloxone) Nasal Spray for emergency reversal of known or suspected opioid overdose. We will assist the client in making a referral to appropriate treatment and recovery support services, and safety around fentanyl, carfentanil, and other dangerous licit and illicit drugs.
Back on December 13, 2022 the Gallup City Council approved a Resolution No.R2022-50, confirming the Financial Operating Commitment pursuant to the Joint Powers Agreement (JPA) with the NWNMRSWA.
The Northwest New Mexico Regional Solid Waste Authority (NWNMRSWA) is a legally and regularly created, established, organized and existing joint powers authority created pursuant to Sections 11-1-1 through 11-1-7 NMSA 1978; A Joint Powers Agreement (JPA) was created and established in 1993 with the following; City of Gallup, McKinley County, Cibola County, City of Grants and Village of Milan. The agreement by all parties funds the Authority by contributing fifty percent (50%) of each parties annual Environmental Gross Receipts Tax (EGRT) for operations support. The JPA is to be reevaluated every five (5) years in which revisions, amendments or changes can be made as deemed necessary.
The Authority had an EGRT Intercept Agreement with the parties and the New Mexico Finance Authority (NMFA) that covered the Authority's debt service. The agreement was terminated upon the full execution of the debt May 2022 and the New Mexico Taxation and Revenue has been remitting the full EGRT amount back to each entity as of May 2022.
During the above mentioned City Council, FY 2022 - FY 2023 distribution amounts were estimated at $20k per month. With the EGRT taxes going up, which is unforeseen, the reimbursements have increased more to the $25-30k range. Current EGRT payouts from July 2022 - February 2023 have totaled $212,180 and with distribution payouts of two (2) months from FY2022 to be paid from FY 2023 budget, the Solid Waste operating budget will have a shortfall with a remaining balance of only $10k.
Distribution months owed to NWNMRSWA are as follows: Total amount owed $129,306.36 May 2022 - $27,694.96, June 2022 - $24,908.28 March 2023 - $24,198.26, April 2023 - $24,205.59, May 2023 - $28,299.27
Resolution R2023-15 is the creation of a new electrical rate to pass on the cost savings from WAPA contract No. 22-SLC-1099 to the Water Department. The Water Accounts associated with the groundwater wells in exhibit B of the contract are currently being charged at the Municipal Service Joint Utilities Rate - $0.0950 / kWh. With the new rate of $0.0207 / kWh the Water Department electrical cost to run the wells can see a savings around $90,000 per month. The WAPA contract has an energy cap of 1,250,000 kilowatt hours per month. Any electrical usage past this energy cap will need to be charged at the Municipal Service Joint Utilities Rate. At the beginning of each fiscal year the Electric Department will reevaluate the transmission cost associated with the delivering of this power and adjust this rate if this rate needs to be increased.