Albuquerque City Council will vote whether to send tax, marijuana issues to ballot

Updated: 09/03/2014 5:20 PM | Created: 09/03/2014 4:33 PM
By: Erica Zucco, KOB Eyewitness News 4

Wednesday night, the Albuquerque City Council will try again to put several measures on the mayor's desk after he vetoed them all last week when they were part of a bundled package.

Last week, the City Council put five issues together in a package for the mayor to sign, which he vetoed because of a controversial tax issue and a marijuana ballot measure.

Wednesday night, the council will vote separately on whether to put reduced penalties for marijuana and the addition of a new gross receipts tax measure on the November ballot for voters.

"I think this is an opportunity to work together to get voter input on issues that are constitutional and that have plans, so I'm hopeful council gets it to me so we can have voters chime in," Mayor Richard Berry said.

The two issues will be present alongside a bundle of three separate issues; one would allow the council to approve police and fire chiefs before they are hired and the others deal with general obligation bonds and voter initiatives.

They mayor has said he will sign the bundled measures.

"The assumption is that the City Council will send the original referendum package back, and if they can get it to me by tomorrow, we can sign it, get it to the county, and put it on the ballot," Mayor Berry said.

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