SANTA FE, N.M. — As the Santa Fe County treasurer who is charged with collecting and distributing property taxes, I have been asked several times about the soda tax that is up for a vote on May 2. What are my thoughts and opinions? I had to understand it before I could make my stand.
I don’t question the intentions of our mayor pushing this tax and I also support the goal of funding pre-K for those in need. After all, today’s youth is tomorrow’s future. Something needs to be done now more than later, but I think its overall tax structure is bad tax policy.
It makes no sense that Santa Fe, the most expensive city in New Mexico, which is one of the poorest states in the country, wants to impose one of the highest taxes ever that will hurt primarily poor and working families. I know it has been stated that the tax will not affect consumers, but the fact of doing business is to pass those fees to the consumer.
During this time of year, I see firsthand and feel the anguish when people come in with their tax bills and tell me they feel blindsided with all the increases. Santa Feans have been hit with more and more new taxes, and we have a majority of residents who are struggling to keep their heads above water financially. This would be the highest tax ever imposed here.