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You Can Still Register To Vote On Taxes For ABQ Schools

A $33.84 school replacement project at Van Buren Middle School is among projects APS hopes to fund with a bond/mill levy package on the ballot for February 2019.

Albuquerque Public Schools is asking voters to increase taxes to pay for capital projects, and due to recent changes in election law, that ask is coming in the mail. Tuesday Jan. 8, 2019,  is the last day to register to vote in the special mail-in election. 

The bond/mill levy package on the ballotwould increase property taxes by about 5 percent in the Albuquerque school district. APS says if passed, the measure would provide about a billion dollars over the next six years, for things like building renovations, security upgrades, and educational equipment.

All 143 traditional schools and 53 charter schools would recieve some funding for facilities and equipment, says the district.

Bureau of Elections Administrator Nathan Jaramillo says this will be Bernalillo County’s first election conducted by mail.           

"This is gonna be kind of a proof of concept, since we will be mailing out ballots to all registered voters within Bernalillo County," said Jaramillo. "We’ll have a good idea on voter turnout after the election."

Sandoval County voters who live within an APS district will also recieve ballots. 

Jaramillo says people can still register to vote or update their mailing address, either online or in person, through end of business Tuesday.

Ballots will be sent out starting this week, and voters have until February 5 to return them.

The League of Women Voters is hosting an informational forum about the special election on Tuesday evening. 

See an APS list of ongoing and planned school construction projects here.


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Hannah served as news director at KUNM and reported on education, Albuquerque politics, and anything public health-related. She died in November 2020.
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