Education

Mill levy passes in Taos and Peñasco

By Jesse Moya
jmoya@taosnews.com
Posted 2/7/19

The mail in election for the continuance of the two mill levy vote passed in two of the three Taos County districts.

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Mill levy passes in Taos and Peñasco

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Updated - 11:40 a.m.

The mail in election for the continuance of the two mill levy vote passed in two of the three Taos County districts.

Unofficial results for the levy have Peñasco passing the measure 315 for to 184 against and Taos passing the measure 2689 for to 1030 against. Voters in the Questa district opted to vote against the measure with 302 for and 391 against.

The mill levy is a tax placed on property as $1 per $1,000 of assessed property value. Schools receive funding via these taxes that is used for maintenance, repairs and other general needs within a school district.

"I am pleased that the voters in my community chose to continue to support the Two-Mill Levy," said Peñasco Superintendent Marvin MacAuley. "These funds are very important in maintaining our facilities and providing the best educational environment for our kids."

According to MacAuley, the funds the district receives will also be matched by the state, adding to the revenue available to the schools. Peñasco plans to use mill levy revenues  to replace a furnace in the high school as well as some aging technology across the district.

"We are very thankful to our community for the support they are providing for us as we need continued resources for our daily maintenance, security, building, grounds, sports fields,” said Taos Superintendent Lillian Torrez.

Charter schools in the district also receive the funds for their campus and must provide the school district with a wish list of projects and uses for the funds if the measure passes.

Voters in Albuquerque recently rejected two mill levy votes that were mailed out in ballots similar to the vote in Taos. This is the first time in Taos County where mill levy votes were mailed to voters.

Questa interim Superintendent Felipe Blea could not be reached for comment Thursday (Feb. 7) and it is unclear what the failed mill levy vote means for the school district. 

According to officials in the Taos County Clerk’s office, the results are unofficial until canvassing finishes sometime on Friday (Feb. 8).

This is a developing story.

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