Voters Overwhelmingly Support HB33 Mill Levy For Los Alamos Public Schools!

HB33 Mill Levy Election Presiding Judge Kim Thomas places ballots in the machine to be counted just before 7 p.m. today at the Municipal Building. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com
 
Deputy County Clerk Adriana Ortiz checks the lobby for final voters just before the LAPS Special Election ends at 7 p.m. today. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com
 
Los Alamos County Clerk Sharon Stover, standing, this evening with members of the election committee at the Municipal Meeting. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com
 
Staff Report
 
Los Alamos County voters have overwhelmingly approved the HB33 Mill Levy for Los Alamos Public Schools.
 
The Los Alamos County Clerk’s Office received 5,793 votes with 4,095 for and 1,698 against in the unofficial results.

All voters residing within the boundaries of the Los Alamos Public School District registered by Dec. 29, 2015 were eligible to vote in the mail out election.

Approved by voters since 1988, the HB33 Mill Levy:

  • Provides public schools with funds for capital improvements expenditures, including student technology, and large maintenance projects.
  • $3.246 per $1,000 assessed valuation (a $300,000 home pays approximately $324.60 per year).
  • Requires voter approval.

There is no tax rate increase.

The Cost

Approval of the HB33 Mill Levy is a continuation of tax that has been in place in previous years and will not result in a tax rate increase. Revenues from HB33 will generate funds over the next six years that will be used for capital improvements throughout the district.

The Ballot

 
The District voters have approved the HB33 Mill Levy election in the past for needed school improvements. Passage of the HB33 Mill Levy election will provide approximately $2,216,646 annually to make important improvements at the Districts facilities.
 
Current and Recurring Needs 
Student Technology and District-wide network infrastructure;
Music Instrument purchase and replacement;
Athletic supplies and equipment for curriculum needs and extracurricular sports and activities;
Heating/Cooling projects for older buildings: Pinon, Mountain, LAHS, LAMS, Barranca and Chamisa;
Restroom upgrades in older buildings;
General Maintenance:
  • Exterior Painting projects
  • Sidewalk replacement/improvements
  • Roof repairs
  • Stairs and handicapped ramps
  • Drainage issues
HVAC scheduled equipment replacement/Boiler system repairs and replacement; and
Improved PA systems and new Fire Panels with addressable systems.
 
Prior Projects Funded with HB33 Revenues
  • Bus Lane and parking lot resurface and striping Pinon
  • Chamisa Geodesic dome, landscape and marquee
  • All Student Technology purchased to date
  • District Computer Servers
  • Barranca emergency roof repair (insurance deductible)
  • ATV snow plow for Aspen
  • Seats and Carpet at Smith Auditorium
  • Mountain exterior stairs

LAPS School Board commitment to maintain HB33 referendum expenditures in the School District at current levels.

  • Whereas, the LAPS School Board recognizes the responsibility to inform the Los Alamos community and its citizens on the upcoming HB33 referendum election.  
  • Whereas, the LAPS School Board understands the need to be transparent to the community as to our commitment to how these funds will be spent.
  • Whereas, this HB33 referendum funding is vital to supplement the School District’s facilities maintenance, Information Technology acquisitions, equipment for physical education and music programs, and activity busses.
  • Whereas, this HB33 referendum funding is presented for renewed by the voters of Los Alamos County every six years.
  • Whereas, this mil levy is currently in place and passing the HB33 referendum proposition will not increase the taxes of the citizens of Los Alamos County.
  • Whereas, the current level to be maintained is a 3.246 mil levy, this equates to $108 of taxes for every $100,000 of appraised value for residential and nonresidential property.
  • Whereas, HB33 referendum funds provide roughly $2.25 million dollars annually for the LAPS School District.
  • Whereas, the special election will be a mail-in ballot. Ballots will be mailed on January 5, 2016 and are due to the Los Alamos County Clerk’s office no later than 7:00PM on January 26, 2016 (physically in their office, 1000 Central Avenue, Suite 240).
  • Whereas, the LAPS School Board encourages all eligible Los Alamos County voters to complete and submit their ballot.
  • NOW, THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED, that the 15th day of December 2015, the LAPS School Board is committed to maintaining HB33 referendum funds at current levels.
  • BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that the LAPS School Board understands the importance to purchase computers for students and teachers, maintain facilities, develop infrastructure, and support our music and PE programs.

HB33 Mill Levy Election Presiding Judge Kim Thomas, left, with election committee members this evening at the Municipal Building. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

Ernie Marquez of Automative Election Services (AES) runs ballots through his speedy envelope opeing machine this evening in the Municipal Building. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

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