Gov. Bill Richardson has endorsed a plan by state Rep. Dan Silva, D-Albuquerque, to establish a four-county regional transit district that could levy a 0.125% sales tax to support operations of the Rail Runner Express commuter rail system.

New Mexico law currently requires that residents in each county vote to create the district and levy the sales tax. The proposal by Silva calls for the Legislature to establish a governing body for a district covering Bernalillo, Sandoval, Santa Fe, and Valencia counties, with the tax question put before voters in all four as early as November.

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