| Las Cruces Sun-News
LAS CRUCES – Business registration fees are being reduced for a year.
On Monday, the Las Cruces City Council voted 7-0 to lower annual business registration fees to $5 for the next 12 months — the entirety of 2021. The city typically charges businesses a $35 annual registration fee.
The measure is meant to help businesses struggling because of ongoing pandemic-related restrictions and closures.
The reduction was recommended by the city’s Economic Recovery Board, which was created to recommend policies to the council to help businesses reopen safely amid the COVID-19 pandemic, ensure customer safety and guide other economic recovery strategies.
Debbi Moore, Greater Las Cruces Chamber of Commerce president and CEO, said she thinks the reduction will help businesses.
“Anything whether large or small, they’re very appreciative of it right now,” Moore said. “It may seem insignificant to some businesses but I think to others it’s very significant.”
Moore also serves as the board’s vice chair.
The reduced fee goes into effect Jan. 1 and lasts until Dec. 31, 2021. It will become effective upon the request for a new business registration license or when a business renews their license.