Those proposing that Santa Teresa residents form their own city got a rude awakening Tuesday at the Dona Ana County Comission meeting in Las Cruces.

The cost of providing a census of the area the group proposing incorporation was estimated to be between $50,000 and $65,000. Additionally, the group was informed that New Mexico law requires a population density to be at least one person per acre and the county workers estimated the area would need 17,000 residents but they believe the area only contains about 5,000 residents.

The Provisional Government of Santa Teresa (PGOST) has been seeking incorporation to prevent the possible annexation of the area by the City of Sunland Park.

Representatives of the group indicated they would regroup and possibly propose a modified area of incorporation in the near future.

The census was to be one of the early steps required by the state to obtain incorporation as a city. Following the census, the group would have to show it can support and pay for a city clerk, police chief, and elect a mayor and council. Then it would require a special election among those in the area to be incorporated.

Also Sunand Park could object to the incorporation and perhaps even legal action in court could ensue, delaying further the possible incorporation.

Sunland Park supposedly was scheduled Tuesday to consider annexation which could further complicate matters.