Public Comment on Spaceport Welcome Center Site

By Kathleen Sloan

HERALD Reporter

A few residents gave public comment at the Truth or Consequences City Commission meeting, held Tuesday, Aug. 14, on the selection of the city’s 6.24 acres as the spaceport welcome center site. It is roughly across the street from Williamsburg’s Village Hall on Business Route 25, also known as South Broadway.

Resident Ron Fenn said the County Assessor’s Office estimate for the land is $42,085 per acre, making it worth about $263,200. He asked why the city is selling the land for about $151,000, or 43 percent under the county assessed value. “Why are we giving this away? It violates the anti-gifting laws,” said Fenn.

Resident Bill Buhler said the “other tracts were extremely high.” He said he has asked the New Mexico Spaceport Authority, “what portion of the money will be used for the downtown area,” suggesting they start by repairing and beautifying the former fire station.

Resident Bettie Brannon said the gain or return to the city in selling the land was not the price of the real estate. “The real value is bringing people in to TorC.”

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