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Gallup Water Project Tax Proposal Clears Senate

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SANTA FE — The Senate has approved a measure to allow the city of Gallup to levy a tax to help finance a federally authorized pipeline project to bring water to the community and part of the Navajo Nation.

Under the legislation, the city can ask its voters to impose up to a one-quarter cent gross receipt tax levy for local costs of the water project, which is a key part of a settlement of Navajo water rights in the San Juan River basin.

The planned pipeline will run more than 200 miles across western New Mexico, serving Gallup and Navajo communities.

The Senate on Friday unanimously approved the bill sponsored by Sen. George Munoz, D-Gallup. The measure heads to the House for consideration.

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