Local government in New Mexico

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Local government in New Mexico consists of counties and municipalities.[1]

Counties[edit]

Municipalities[edit]

A municipality may call itself a: village, town, or city.[2] There is no distinction in the statutes and no correlation to any particular form (Mayor-Council, Commission-Manager, etc.). Unless provided otherwise in a municipality's charter, municipal elections are held on the first Tuesday in March of every even-numbered year.[3] Elections are non-partisan,[4] and election materials (cards, signs, ads, etc.) are exempted from the requirements for all other elections that the responsible party be identified (as in "paid for by Committee to Elect Joe Candidate").

School districts[edit]

Other bodies[edit]

In addition to municipalities, limited local authority can be vested in landowners' associations and districts. An example of the former is the Madrid Landowners' Association, which is the closest thing to local government in Madrid, New Mexico. Its authority comes from the restrictive covenants that are written into all deeds.

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "New Mexico Legislature: New Mexico Statutes". State of New Mexico. Retrieved 2009-02-08.  New Mexico statutes online.
  2. ^ New Mexico Statutes §3-1-3
  3. ^ New Mexico Statutes §3-8-25
  4. ^ New Mexico Statutes §3-8-29C

Further reading[edit]

  • Garcia, F. Chris; Hain, Paul L. et al., eds. (2006). Governing New Mexico. Albuquerque: University of New Mexico Press. ISBN 978-0-8263-4128-0.  Chapter 6 focuses on local government.