$32.2M Collected In Spaceport America Sales Tax

May 6, 2013

New data shows that of the $32.2 million Dona Ana County residents have paid in a spaceport tax that took effect five years ago, $1 in $4 has been routed to local education.

The Las Cruces Sun-News reports (http://bit.ly/13VMZIt) that new county data says $8 million in total, or 25 percent of all sales tax revenues, has been sent to the three county school districts.

During the 2007 referendum, a main argument touted by tax proponents was that the money would help to train future engineers and technicians who'd be qualified to work at future Spaceport America facilities.

The 24,000-student Las Cruces Public Schools, the largest of three school districts in the county, has received the most spaceport tax money.

Numbers show that nearly $5 million so far has reached the district.