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Opinion: Approve two-mill levy

Posted 10/17/19

I am writing to urge the voters of Taos County, Río Arriba County and Santa Fe County to approve a two-mill levy added to property taxes to support the El Rito Campus reopening.

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Opinion: Approve two-mill levy

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I am writing to urge the voters of Taos County, Río Arriba County and Santa Fe County to approve a two-mill levy added to property taxes to support the El Rito Campus reopening.

The campus will offer associate degree programs in technical trades. The article in the Taos News Oct. 10 ("Northern New Mexico College asks voters to support tax to help trades programs") explains the details regarding how much money homeowners would owe if passed. It is not very much.

In 1974 I took a bus from Arroyo Seco to El Rito to learn the plumbing trade. The long bus ride gave this 32-year-old, highly motivated father of two a chance to study the UPC Plumbing Code book. I only needed one month to absorb the code, and I passed the test that allowed me to have a journeyman's license. That gave me the confidence to enter that trade, and a few years later I became a licensed plumbing contractor.

I plied my trade in Northern California (West Marin), and really enjoyed the work. We came back here every year, finally retiring here in 2013. In 2007 we finished an extensive addition. We also added more land to our property.

I am grateful for the chance to [have learned] a skill in El Rito. I have, in many ways, repaid the cost of sending me. Surely through taxes and purchases I have thanked New Mexico for giving me an opportunity to make a living in the trades. Let's vote for allowing others the same opportunity. It will help sustain economic viability in our communities.

Dennis Luftig

Arroyo Seco

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