Why APS Election for Tax Hike Failed

ALBUQUERQUE PUBLIC SCHOOLS OVER-REACHED. THAT’S WHAT THE RIO GRANDE FOUNDATION’S PRESIDENT PAUL GESSING IS SAYING ABOUT VOTERS OVERWHELMINGLY REJECTING THE SCHOOL DISTRICT’S PROPOSED TAX HIKE. HE TELLS NEWSRADIO KKOB MOST VOTERS FELT A 19-PERCENT INCREASE IN THE APS PROPERTY TAX WAS WAY TOO MUCH. HE SAYS VOTERS PERCEIVE APS TO BE AN INEFFICIENT ORGANIZATION AND QUESTIONED THE NEED FOR THE TAX HIKE.

THE MILL LEVY AND BOND QUESTIONS WOULD HAVE RAISED 900-MILLION DOLLARS OVER SIX YEARS. VOTER TURNOUT FOR THE MAIL-IN ELECTION WAS ABOUT 29-PERCENT…MUCH HIGHER THAN PAST APS ELECTIONS.

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