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F I S C A L I M P A C T R E P O R T
SPONSOR Mary Helen Garcia
ORIGINAL DATE
LAST UPDATED
2-12-06
HM 49
SHORT TITLE Border Water and Wastewater Needs Study
SB
ANALYST Woods
APPROPRIATION (dollars in thousands)
Appropriation
Recurring
or Non-Rec
Fund
Affected
FY06
FY07
NFI
NFI
(Parenthesis ( ) Indicate Expenditure Decreases)
SOURCES OF INFORMATION
LFC Files
SUMMARY
Synopsis of House Memorial 49
House Memorial 49 requests the New Mexico Legislative Council Service to direct the appropri-
ate legislative interim committee to conduct a study of the essential water and wastewater infra-
structure needs of communities along the international border and to recommend an amount and
a source of funding to meet those needs.
Specifically the memorial notes that:
incorporated and unincorporated communities along the international border
with Mexico are among the fastest growing communities in New Mexico
and also are among the poorest; and
the rapid growth of the communities has led to an increased need for ade-
quate water and wastewater infrastructure; and
the growth has also posed a challenge to administrators who continually
strive to provide sufficient and affordable housing, utilities and other public
services; and
the federal environmental protection agency has lowered maximum arsenic
containment levels for drinking water, and these levels cannot be met by
many of the existing water systems without a substantial expenditure; and
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the rapid growth of the communities and the income levels of the residents
mean that the communities do not have the tax base to provide even a mini-
mum acceptable level of water and wastewater infrastructure;
The memorial resolves the following:
that the New Mexico legislative council be requested to direct the appropri-
ate legislative interim committee to conduct a study of the essential water
and wastewater infrastructure needs of incorporated and unincorporated
communities along the international border with Mexico; and
that the interim committee recommend the amount of funding that will be
necessary to meet those essential needs and a source for that funding; and
that the interim committee report its findings and recommendations to the
first session of the forty-eighth legislature.
The legislation further resolves that copies of this memorial be transmitted to the co-chairs of the
New Mexico legislative council.
There is no appropriation attached to this legislation.
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