Tax extension could generate funds for jail medical services

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Bernalillo County financial staff are recommending to extend the gross receipts tax that could continue to help with medical services at the jail.

According to the Albuquerque Journal, the tax was first passed in 2006 and has been extended twice already.

Officials say from 2007 through 2018 the tax generated more than $104 million.

One-sixteenth of that went towards medical services at the local jail, which came out to about $11.6 million.

The tax also helps fund healthcare at the Juvenile Detention Center and other places.

If commissioners finalize the tax extension with a vote next month, the tax would be in place through June 2024.

Officials say it would generate $28 million overall for health care.

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