• Did you know the Duke City had a poet laureate? Neither did I.

• NMSU Extension Service to host workshops next week to assist local food growers reach bigger markets.

• 326 weapons, including 2 assault rifles, collected in weekend gun buyback in South Valley.

• ABQ pursues foreclosure against owner of Hyatt Regency building owner for non-payment of BID taxes.

• Cops warning consumers about dubious door-to-door security alarm sales schemes.

• Least likely to succeed? Senate Rules committee to take up resolution by Duke City lawmaker to take future election redistricting away from legislature and put it in the hands of an independent commission. Passage would mean a change in the state's constitution, putting the question on the ballot.

• UNM hires recruiter to increase black enrollment, which is currently less than 3 percent of student body.

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Comment by shotsie on February 25, 2013 at 4:20pm

I'd recommend changing the BID tax from a property value tax to a sales/rental fee tax, so the tax can be collected regularly and would vary with usage, not value.  Property like the Hyatt is going to have a much higher valuation than a block of local bars/restaurants, but the foot traffic would be a different type at the Hyatt. Their patrons are probably not causing trouble and venturing much beyond the property itself , so why should the Hyatt pay the lion's share of the BID?  (Of course, if downtown didn't have activities, then why would anybody stay at the Hyatt?)  Mixed bag....

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