The upcoming Portales special election is to amend a city ordinance in hopes of bringing more jobs to Portales, according to city officials.
Ordinance No. 737, which was adopted in January, would amend an existing city ordinance to include art and cultural facilities, along with retail businesses.
“The city adopted a sales tax increase years ago and that money was used for economic development,” said City Clerk Joan Martinez-Terry. “Businesses could apply for funding through the Local Economic Development Act (LEDA) fund.”
The LEDA fund gives local businesses the opportunity to apply. The money can be used to relocate to better facilities and build a presence in the community.
The LEDA fund has not only helped long-time Portales businesses but also brought business, including the Best Western Plus that is currently being built on West Third St.
According to state law, Portales residents must be allowed to vote for or against the ordinance. The amendment will not raise sales tax or any other taxes, according to Martinez-Terry.
Ballots wiere mailed out on March 11, and voting will close on April 4 at 7 p.m.
There will be an election school open to the public at 10 a.m. on March 28 in Portales City Hall for those wishing to know more about the special election.
Voters can mail their ballots in to the Office of the Municipal Clerk, 100 W. First St., or take them to Portales City Hall before April 4.