Rio Rancho to apply for loan for water rights

Posted at: 02/18/2013 7:57 AM
By: The Associated Press

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) - The City Council in Rio Rancho has given approval for the city to apply for a loan so it can snap up 400-acre-feet of water rights being offered by a source that officials have declined to name until the deal is finalized.

The Albuquerque Journal reports that council members were told that the city has a conditional contract for the water rights at a cost of $4.8 million.

A briefing memo says the loan from the New Mexico Finance Authority will be repaid over a period of up to 20 years from the $1 surcharge recently added to the $5 monthly water rights acquisition fee on customer bills.

Rio Rancho is required to buy 728 acre feet of water rights every five years. An acre-foot is approximately 326,000 gallons.

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