Voters in NM county defeat new judicial complex

CLOVIS, N.M. (AP) - Curry County voters have overwhelmingly rejected a bond issue to pay for a new courthouse and a quarter-cent gross receipts tax for a new jail.

Nearly three-quarters of the voters turned down both questions on Tuesday's ballot in the eastern New Mexico county.

County officials had argued the $33 million judicial complex was needed to address safety concerns.

County Manager Lance Pyle says he plans to meet with county commissioners in the next few weeks to discuss what the county can do next.

Officials have said the county needs to solve problems with jail crowding and structural safety at the courthouse.

Pyle says it's a difficult time in the economy, and the election results reflect that.

Information from: Clovis News Journal,