Albuquerque mayor calls out online retail giant


FILE- In this May 9, 2017, file photo, a package from Amazon Prime is loaded for delivery on a UPS truck, in New York. Shares of delivery companies FedEx and UPS are falling in Friday, Feb. 9, 2018, premarket trading following a report that powerhouse Amazon is readying its own delivery service for businesses. (AP […]

Albuquerque Mayor Tim Keller says Amazon is getting a free ride. 

The online retail giant announced a year ago it was going to start collecting taxes in New Mexico. 

The State Tax and Revenue Department expected it to generate tens of millions of dollars, some of which could go to the state’s general fund and the rest going to cities where the item was purchased. 

However, in a recent New York Times article, Mayor Keller says Albuquerque hasn’t seen a dime — Amazon’s deal applied only to the 5 percent statewide tax, not the 2 percent tax tacked on by the city of Albuquerque.  

Keller told the Times, Amazon is using city services like roads for deliveries and police to make sure packages aren’t stolen, but are not doing their part to pay for them. 

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