- Associated Press - Sunday, January 4, 2015

FARMINGTON, N.M. (AP) - Voters will decide this week if Kirtland will become a town and reap benefits such as more state funds and money from local taxes.

The Farmington Daily Times reports (https://bit.ly/1A7QkHH) that more than 420 people are eligible to vote by mail Tuesday on incorporation for Kirtland.

The New Mexico Department of Finance and Administration approved a petition last month from residents wanting incorporation be put on the ballot.

If approved, the Kirtland area would span 337 acres that include land and businesses along U.S. Highway 64.

Officials say residents could elect a mayor and a board of trustees in March and San Juan County would no longer govern the area.

Kirtland could operate as a town by July.

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Information from: The Daily Times, https://www.daily-times.com

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