El Prado voters, don't toss that ballot

By Jesse Moya
jmoya@taosnews.com
Posted 8/8/19

For the third time, the El Prado Water and Sanitation District has mailed out ballots for their users to vote on continuing an existing one-fourth of 1 percent (.25) …

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El Prado voters, don't toss that ballot

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For the third time, the El Prado Water and Sanitation District has mailed out ballots for their users to vote on continuing an existing one-fourth of 1 percent (.25) tax on businesses within the district. The tax will not apply to residential accounts and will be used to subsidize the budget of the water provider.

What does this tax do?

A .25 percent continuation on businesses helps contribute extra revenue into the district's general fund, according to board member and operator John Painter. Currently, El Prado water district runs on a $450,000 operating budget and uses the funds to supplement that.

"This money is vitally important to us," Painter said. "If we didn't have this we would have to make that money up with higher water rates or mill levy taxes."

What is the tax for?

This tax helps cushion the district's general operations fund, which pays for salaries, operating expenses as well as repairs or maintenance.

How old is this?

The .25 tax on businesses in the district has been in place for around 12 years, according to El Prado water officials. Voters have approved the tax twice before.

Who will be affected?

The El Prado Water and Sanitation District serves about 1,100 people, according to Painter. Of those customers, 170 businesses will be affected. Residential customers will remain unaffected.

Who can vote?

Painter said the voting has changed and only those living in the district will be allowed to vote in this election.

What happens if it doesn't pass?

Painter said if the continuation isn't passed by voters, the board of directors at El Prado would likely vote to increase water rates or property taxes in order to make up the revenue.

Ballots have been mailed to the voters and must be filled out and turned or mailed in by 7 p.m. Aug. 27.

Who is in the district?

The El Prado Water and Sanitation District begins around Upper Ranchitos Road on Paseo del Pueblo and serves the communities surrounding the area. The district also has pockets around them which are not directly connected to the main portions of the boundaries. For more information, call 751-3335.

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