Voters Reject Property Tax for APS

Patrick Hayes
February 06, 2019 10:14 AM

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. - Voters have rejected the APS bond election to increase property taxes by nearly five percent.

According to the Bernalillo County Clerk's office, the total unofficial percent of voter turnout was approximately 28.7 percent of eligible voters. The district spent more than a million dollars by hosting a mail-in election that increased the voter turnout. 

Recent APS elections have been in the mid-single digit percentage range. 

APS Superintendent Raquel Reedy released a statement about the vote: 

“The ballots have been counted and the voters have made their wishes clear. The majority voted against a bond/mill levy package that would have paid to improve student safety, rebuild and repair our schools and refresh our technology and equipment. We are disappointed, of course. But we respect the democratic process and the will of the electorate. We appreciate all of those who rallied on behalf of our school district. Now we will need to reassess our situation and come up with a plan for addressing issues that come with aging schools.” 

Public School Capital Improvement Act

For: 41,647

Against: 73,790

Total Votes: 115,437

Public School Building Act

For: 32,740

Against: 73,657

Total Votes: 106,397

General Obligation Bond

For: 41,512

Against: 56,090

Total Votes: 97,602

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