The Las Cruces City Council voted Tuesday to increase the city's gross receipts tax by three-eighths of one percent. That amounts to about four cents on a ten dollar purchase. The council voted 6-1 for the tax increase, which will take effect on January 1. Councilor Miguel Silva was the lone "no" vote. Councilors voting "yes" said the tax increase was needed due to a reduction in state tax revenue. The state legislature voted to remove the so-called "hold harmless" provision over a period of years. The move was part of a last-minute bill that reduced corporate taxes in New Mexico.