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ARTESIA — The Eddy County Commission will hold a special meeting and public hearing on its proposed Hold Harmless Gross Receipts Tax (GRT) ordinance Thursday in Artesia.

The hearing is set to begin at 6 p.m. at the Artesia Center, 612 N. Eighth St.

Following comments and questions by county officials, elected officials and department heads, members of the public will be able to express their opinions under a three-minute time limit per person. The commission will then have the option to vote on the ordinance.

The ordinance would raise GRT in Eddy County by two-eighths of 1 percent, which some county officials have said is needed for road repair. The two-eighths increase would complete the full three-eighths originally proposed by the commission in April. The commission voted in June to pass a one-eighth increase and put the remaining two-eighths to public vote, an action that was later deemed illegal.