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RESIDENTS OF TAOS COUNTY PETITION FOR GRAND JURY INVESTIGATION We, the undersigned residents of the Town of Taos and Taos County, request that a Grand Jury be called to investigate the following facts concerning the circumstances surrounding the Town Council's approval of the Command Center lease between Kit Carson Electric and the Town of Taos on August 8, 2011.

a. Certain documents were withheld from the citizens of Taos County and members of the Town Council, to-wit: a 2010 letter from Department of Finance and Administration (DFA) specifying the cost to move the Command Center at $850,000; a document from Kit Carson Electric entitled “Preliminary Proposal for Town of Taos – Command Center”.

b. If the DFA's $850,000 estimate was believed to be inaccurate, a bid or firm estimate obtained from someone qualified to furnish a bid or estimate was never obtained. A letter mentioning a $50,000 estimate was never produced.

c. Neither a cost/benefit analysis nor a method of financing the obligations created by the Command Center was resolved prior to approval of the lease.

d. It was never determined why a space of 4,500 square feet (at a rent of $5,000 per month) was needed for a dispatch center which now occupies a space of less than 1,000 square feet (rent free) and needs only 100 extra square feet for storage. Critical information enabling an informed decision concerning this very expensive project has been systematically withheld from the Citizens of Taos County and the Town Council. Some of our leaders have violated the trust of the citizens of Taos County.


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