Report: Half of Santa Fe’s workforce lives outside city

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Posted: Wednesday, July 9, 2014 9:00 pm | Updated: 12:19 am, Sun Jul 13, 2014.

The stretch between Albuquerque and Santa Fe has become a familiar sight for Reed Liming.

Every Monday through Friday for the past decade, Liming has spent about two hours and 20 minutes traveling between the two cities to get to his government job at Santa Fe’s City Hall.

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  • Khal Spencer posted at 5:16 pm on Mon, Jul 14, 2014.

    Khal Spencer Posts: 418

    "...The floor plan that he was considering buying here in Santa Fe was $360,000. The same floor plan in Albuquerque with a little bit more land was $220,000...”

    Yep, that says it all. I've been looking in The City Different as well, and what seems "different" is the amount of money people expect you to plunk down for a pretty average to small floorplan house. Its really nice to live near the cultural stuff like museums and all that good shopping, but the added principle and interest on 140k of added mortgage can pay for a lot of gas.

    But there are indeed tradeoffs. As Mr. Ware points out, commuting costs, above and beyond basic car ownership, can add up to hundreds of bucks a month (not to mention time spent in the car). At some point, it breaks even.

  • MaryMagdeline posted at 7:54 am on Sat, Jul 12, 2014.

    MaryMagdeline Posts: 4

    I thought the reason for the higher wage increase was to helpl those who have a home in SF. If you don't live in SF, then you shouldn't be eligible for the higher minimum wage. I agree that many purchase a home in the $200,000 + range, and in what they thought was a nice new neighborhood, only to find Mobile homes staring them in the face. Something has to be done about the zoning in this city. (Rufina & Zafarano).

  • Harold Martinez posted at 3:30 pm on Fri, Jul 11, 2014.

    luckyisyou Posts: 3

    santa fe should remain a residence only for those who can afford it. All others can relocate to Espanola or Rio Rancho, IMO. [wink]

    This will [never] change, folks. Why would someone own a 1.4 mil home in Las Campanas just to live down the block from a double-wide? Think about it...

  • Pierce Knolls posted at 10:55 am on Thu, Jul 10, 2014.

    Mister Pierce Posts: 1675

    I suspect that this report is just the first step Mayor Javier's plan to roll out a proposal for municipal income taxes. The union power-brokers that bought Javier his mayoral office admitted that municipal income taxes were one of their goals back during the mayoral campaign, to force folks who work in Santa Fe but live elsewhere to pay their fair share. They also want new internet taxes and increased property taxes. They don't really care about economic development, not as long as they can just come up with new taxes to pay off the unions.

  • Cantanam Lopez posted at 9:33 am on Thu, Jul 10, 2014.

    CantanamLopez Posts: 6

    What is the City Economic Development department doing???? Mix, Velocity….real productive! Kate Nobel has been head of that department as well as the affordable housing department for at least 5 years. Time for a change and get someone in there that knows how to develop a vibrant local economy.

  • Ronald Ortiz posted at 8:53 am on Thu, Jul 10, 2014.

    RonnieO Posts: 16

    This falls on previous administrations allowing all the affluent locals to come in and drive up property values. When all the glad handing was going on did anyone really think that locals were being driven out?
    If you own a home in Santa Fe, it was either bequeathed to you, or you earn well over the local median. I do not envy the current administration, cause even though they have a stay on raising property taxes they still have to be accountable for future generations not being able to afford to live here. Most residents that live here are land rich and live below the poverty level struggling to keep their homes, living hand to mouth to pay their property taxes.

  • Roberta Salazar posted at 8:53 am on Thu, Jul 10, 2014.

    RobertaS Posts: 4

    Verrry expensive..
    Thank heavens bought a house when the prices were reasonable

  • Christian Vanschayk posted at 8:35 am on Thu, Jul 10, 2014.

    chrisvs Posts: 5

    It's not just the high minimum wage for a work force that tends not to show up on Monday mornings. It is not just a city administration that has a 'manjana' attitude and no concept of 'time is money' . It is also a governance structure that rewards parochialism and ensures that a small minority gets its way. In short, if we want a viable economy we have to change how we elect those who ultimately control this city's destiny.

  • Charlene Montoya posted at 8:29 am on Thu, Jul 10, 2014.

    NMLOBO1984 Posts: 12

    Plain and simple it's the cost of living. I would love to buy a home here, this is my home town but I am barely hanging on with my State goverment job. Almost all my family has migrated to Albuquerque or Rio Rancho because houseing is affordable and the cost of living is better. when going to visit them we do some of our shopping because we can get more with what little money we make. I have a couple of cousins who pay between 5 and 6 hundered dollars a month in rent in Albuquerque and here my brother in law pays alomst a grand to live in the Sangre de Cristo Apts. Sad state of affairs!

  • Michael Murray posted at 8:07 am on Thu, Jul 10, 2014.

    Mike M Posts: 62

    Of course it couldn't possibly be the policies, regulations and taxes of the Santa Fe government that are at the root of the problem, could it?
    Oh no, because you are so Progressive.

  • Steve Spraitz posted at 12:49 am on Thu, Jul 10, 2014.

    tilesteve Posts: 15

    Lets See. figure it out please
    Chicago Dog for 2.
    2 jumbo Santa fe dogs loaded, 17 bucks or so. couple cokes 3.bucks, =$20.00
    expected tip $4.00

    total is $24.bucks

    Santa Fe Bite. 2, green chile cheese sburgers, bacon, grilled onions, home fries, 2 cokes, a paltry $22.50 or so before tax and tile each!
    expected total:$50.00 mas or menos.

    kaunes neighborhood market, OSF trail and Paseo

    a killer well stocked sandwich any flavor, , for $4.99 made to order even.



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