City Commission Meeting
September 20, 2021
Posted September 17, 2021
This meeting is being held in person in the City Commission Chamber. Public comments can be made in person at the meeting OR submitted in writing to the City Clerk no later than 4:30 p.m. on September 20, 2021, via email to firstname.lastname@example.org or by fax to (575) 397-9334. The meeting can be also viewed via livestream at www.hobbsnm.org/videos.html
Hobbs Express to Continue Suspension of Green Route Due to COVID-19
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Barry Young Announced as Hobbs Fire Chief
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Hobbs Municipal Schools
Special Election for Capital Improvements
August 24, 2021
Voting for the School Election will be by mail ballot only. There will be no polling locations for this special election. Ballots will be mailed to each registered voter beginning July 28, 2021, along with a postage-paid return envelope. All ballots must be returned to the Lea County Clerk’s Office by August 24, 2021.
If you have any questions about this election or your voter registration, please call the Lea County Clerk’s Office at (575) 396-8619.
2021 Annual Large Item Pickup
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2020 Consumer Confidence Report
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Liquor License Renewal Fees of $250 Waived for FY 21-22
Dear City of Hobbs Liquor Licensees:
At last night’s regular Commission meeting, the Hobbs City Commission voted to grant a temporary waiver of the City’s annual liquor license renewal fee of $250.00 for FY 21-22 for all current liquor license holders. This proposal was adopted in an effort to remain business friendly and afford some relief to the restaurant and bar industry which was severely impacted by the State’s COVID-19 restrictions.
This temporary waiver expires June 1, 2022, and is valid for existing license holders only. Applicants for a new license or transfer of an existing license are excluded from this waiver and will be required to pay the necessary fees.
All license holders must be in good standing with the State of New Mexico Alcoholic Beverage Control and possess a valid State issued license. Please provide a copy of your State license to the City Clerk’s Office and receive your City liquor license at no charge.
We Need Your Input!
We need your input! The City of Hobbs is currently conducting a feasibility study at our seasonal pools and splash pads. Input from the public is an important part of this feasibility study. If you have previously visited any of our pools, we hope you will consider taking the time to complete a very short twelve question survey to assist in our efforts to continue to provide aquatics facilities that our residents enjoy using. We appreciate your input! Thank you!
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LEDA Recovery Grant
The New Mexico Legislature passed legislation aimed at helping businesses recover from the pandemic, including this LEDA Recovery Grant! House Bill 11 set aside $200,000,000 in funds to “…provide grants to certain businesses for reimbursement of rent, lease and mortgage payments....”
Businesses could qualify for up to $100,000 under this program. The application portal will be opening very soon. The webinar, set for next Thursday, 5/6, at 10:30 AM, will cover everything from how and where to apply to eligibility requirements and everything in between.
Public Notice - Lodgers' Tax
In an effort to educate the public about the ordinances and laws of the City, we are providing the following information for every Vendor who is furnishing any lodgings within the Hobbs City Limits to comply with Section 3.08.1140 of the Hobbs Municipal Code. A Vendor is described as:
“Any person furnishing lodgings in the exercise of the taxable service of lodging.”
The Lodgers’ Tax to be paid for renting any taxable promises shall be five (5) percent of Gross Taxable Rent for lodging paid to Vendors. A Taxable Premise is defined as:
“A hotel, apartment, apartment hotel, apartment house, lodge, lodging house, rooming house, motor hotel, guest house, guest ranch, ranch resort, guest resort, mobile home, motor court, auto court, auto camp, trailer court, trailer camp, trailer park, tourist camp, cabin or other premises used for lodging.”
If you have specific questions if Lodgers’ Tax fees are required for you, please contact City Hall at 397-9200.
Hobbs High CTE Jobsite Camera
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New Mexico, do you need rental assistance?
The state of New Mexico will grant $170M of federal aid to New Mexicans for rental and utility assistance to households experiencing financial hardship due to the COVID-19 outbreak.
FY 2022 Preliminary Budget
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City Manager's Annual Report 2020
Attached is the City Manager's Annual Report from the months of January through December, 2020, to provide general and performance information to the City Commission and the public on programs and services provided by the City. The data is compiled internally by each department/division for the purpose of improviing services, responsible budgeting and enhancing transparency in local government. I hope you find this report helpful and informative on the progress of the City.
To view previous City Manager reports (both monthly and annual), [click here]
2021 Business Registration Renewals - PAST DUE
Business registration renewals for calendar year 2021 are now past due. Renewals may be paid online here: (Citizens' Self Service) or by telephone at (575) 397-9200. We gladly accept Visa, MasterCard, and Discover.
All businesses located within Hobbs city limits are required to have a New Mexico gross receipts tax number AND obtain a business registration each calendar year. If your business is no longer in operation, please contact the City Clerk’s office to cancel your business registration
Businesses who are engaged in mobile activity, temporary vendors, and secondhand dealers (businesses selling used merchandise) are also required to obtain an appropriate license.
If you have questions or need additional information, please contact the Clerk's Office at (575) 397-9200.
COVID-Safe Practices Certification Program now available to New Mexico Businesses
Upon completion of the training modules, businesses will be awarded special recognition. Businesses can then display the “NM Safe Certified” badge on their website or storefront to show visitors and residents it is equipped to offer safe and responsible service in a COVID-positive world.
"This program is an opportunity for the New Mexico business community to position New Mexico as a leader for COVID-safe practices as businesses begin to reopen," Cabinet Secretary Jen Paul Schroer said. "The Tourism Department is committed to supporting programs and initiatives that help tourism businesses create safe and responsible environments for everyone."
"We want businesses to know they are not alone in adjusting to the new environment and we want customers to know they can feel confident about visiting businesses in a COVID-positive world," NMSAE Executive Director Jason Espinoza said. "The program trains New Mexico businesses in the state’s COVID-Safe Practices to help ensure all of us - customers, employees, and families - remain safe as New Mexico reopens for business and recreation."[More information]
Hobbs Nationally Recognized as One of the Fastest-Growing Cities That's Still Affordable for Homebuyers
Hobbs has been nationally recognized by LendEDU as one of the fastest-growing U.S. cities that is still affordable for homebuyers.
You can see the full report here: https://lendedu.com/blog/fastest-growing-cities-still-affordable-for-homebuyers/
The City of Hobbs resource magazine, called "The Guide", will be delivered to every postal customer in LEA COUNTY! Click below for the digital version of The Guide!
Also, be sure to check out the CORE website at www.corehobbs.com
E-Trak Customer Portal
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The City of Hobbs was proud to partner with WHI Hobbs in collecting over 5,600 granola/fruit bars! Our goal was 5,000, and per usual, our public servants exceeded it! This effort came from all City of Hobbs departments! Thank you for the opportunity to help, WHI Hobbs and Leslie!
Rockwind Community Links Ranked #2 in New Mexico on Golfweek Magazine’s Annual Best Courses You Can Play List
Hobbs, NM (July 27, 2020) - Golfweek Magazine has released its annual Best Courses You Can Play in each state rankings and Rockwind Community Links in Hobbs, New Mexico, retains the #2 position that was earned in 2019. The highly regarded course, which offers multiple tees for players of all ability levels, is a popular destination for golfers in the state as well as west Texas.Read More ›
Opened in May 2015, the Andy Staples design has received numerous awards and accolades from leading golf publications including: named one of Golf Digest’s Best New Courses of 2015; cited as ”One of the 24 New Courses that Shaped the 2010’s” by Golf Advisor; inclusion in Golf Digest’s 2017-18 Best in State course ratings at #7; selected as a Top Five New Golf Development in the World by Golf Inc. Magazine.
“It’s a significant honor to keep our ranking as the #2 course on Golfweek’s prestigious list of the best courses that are open to the public in our state,” said Doug McDaniel, Hobbs Recreation Director. “Rockwind’s dedicated staff maintains premium playing conditions for our golfers and they ensure a quality experience at affordable prices. Everyone associated with the ongoing success of Rockwind is to be congratulated for working hard to keep the standard of excellence and recognition that we have achieved.”
The facility is considered a trailblazer in uniting golf with the local community. “Community Links” is a concept introduced by Staples where the focus of the entire project was to link the golf course to the fabric of life in Hobbs. A special feature is a surrounding trail system complete with multiple trail heads, various outdoor seating areas, picnic spaces and scenic viewing points, including access to the site’s five acre lake that overlooks the golf course. The United States Golf Association also singled out Rockwind for breaking the mold and being more than just a golf course in a special video entitled “A Model Muni: Rockwind Community Links.”
About Rockwind Community Links
The main course, which offers five sets of tees with playing lengths ranging from over 7,100 yards for the accomplished player down to approximately 4,200 yards for the forward "express" tees, has been designed to embrace the flat nature of the southeastern New Mexico landscape, keeping irrigation to a minimum and the turf fast and firm. The design provides challenging features such as large elevated greens, disguised bunkers and interesting ground contours.
Architect Andy Staples has incorporated characteristics typically found on courses along the eastern seaboard of the U.S. built during the turn of the 20th century. Rock walls line fairways and a large interior lake is in play on a few holes that attractively punctuates the course routing. The 9-hole par-3 course called Li’l Rock is meant to complement the dual-ended practice range and short game area. It was built to facilitate walking, families, beginner golfers and kids. The length of shots ranges from a sand wedge to a driver. Rockwind Community Links also is a site for The First Tee of Southeastern New Mexico.
For more information visit www.rockwindgolfcourse.com or call (575) 397-9297.Media Contact:
Pat Norton/Jane Dally
On Course Strategies
City Commission Rules and Procedures
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Business Registration and Gross Receipts Tax Number Required
If you’re operating a business for profit in Hobbs, you must have a gross receipts tax identification number and a City of Hobbs’ business registration.
In an effort to educate the public about the laws of the City, we are providing the following information regarding the most common types of licenses needed to conduct business within the City. If you have specific questions about what type of license is required for you, please contact City Hall at 397-9200.Read More ›
State Law - Gross Receipts Tax Identification Number
All persons engaging in business in New Mexico must register with the New Mexico Taxation and Revenue Department to obtain a "Combined Reporting System" (CRS) identification number. The CRS is the Department’s method for reporting the state’s major business taxes: gross receipts tax, all local option gross receipts taxes, compensating tax, and withholding tax. The CRS identification number is your state tax identification number and is commonly called the gross receipts tax identification number.
There is no fee to obtain a CRS identification number. There are two ways to obtain a CRS identification number. The first way to obtain a CRS identification number is to submit an application to the local tax office in Roswell in person, by mail or fax and you may expect to receive your CRS identification number within one week. The second way to obtain a CRS identification number is to apply online. Online registration is available at: https://tap.state.nm.us/tap. A CRS identification number will be automatically generated once registration is complete.
Gross Receipts Tax Rate
The gross receipts tax rate for persons engaging in business from a physical location within the Hobbs City Limits is 6.8125%. Even if your business is providing goods or services outside the City Limits or County Limits, if you are a Hobbs-based business, you must charge sales tax and remit those taxes to the State.
Business Registration - New Merchandise, Sales, Service
Each place of business with an actual physical address located within the Hobbs City Limits, operating a business for the purpose of profit and who are required to have a New Mexico taxpayer identification number, are required to obtain a City of Hobbs Business Registration. The annual cost is $25 per calendar year. (Chapter 5.04 of the Hobbs Municipal Code)
Mobile Business Registration - New Merchandise
Any person who has a valid business registration within the City of Hobbs and is engaged in mobile business activity at a location which is not their usual place of business must pay an additional $100.00 and obtain a Mobile Business Registration. The annual cost is $100.00 per calendar year. (Chapter 5.04.031 of the Hobbs Municipal Code)
Secondhand Dealer’s License - Used Merchandise
Any person operating a secondhand store or junkshop within the Hobbs City Limits, engaging in the business of buying and reselling used merchandise or goods, is required to obtain a New Mexico gross receipts tax number and a City of Hobbs Secondhand Dealer’s License. The annual cost is $50 per year. (Chapter 5.32 of the Hobbs Municipal Code)
A solicitor’s license is required for any person who goes from door to door visiting single family or multi-family dwellings and businesses to sell any goods, wares, merchandise or services. The annual fee is $25.00 and fingerprinting is required along with a background check and approval by the Police Chief. All approved solicitors are required to visibly display their valid Solicitor’s Permit issued by the Hobbs City Clerk’s Office which will include a photograph of the solicitor. (Chapter 5.36.010 of the Hobbs Municipal Code)
Any person convicted of a violation of any provision of the above chapters of the Hobbs Municipal Code shall be guilty of a misdemeanor and shall be punished by a fine of not more than $500.00 or by imprisonment for not more than 90 days, or by both such fine and imprisonment. Each day that the violation is committed or permitted to continue shall constitute a separate offense and shall be punishable as such hereunder.
Hobbs Ranked as One of the Best Places in the U.S. to Make More Money
Hobbs ranked as one of the best places in the United States to make more money and grow income according to LendEDU's newest report.
Hobbs ranked #24 out of over 25,000 U.S. towns! Factors that were analyzed include income growth from 2000 to 2017 and forecasted income growth over the next five years.
The full report and methodology can be found here: https://lendedu.com/blog/250-cities-seeing-fastest-growth-household-income/
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