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Albuquerque Ballot Questions

Gross Receipts Taxes

In 1999 City of Albuquerque voters approved a one-quarter of one percent (0.25%) Transportation Infrastructure Gross Receipts Tax and have renewed that tax since then. This voter-approved tax has provided hundreds of millions of dollars in funding for road rehabilitation, road maintenance, road deficiencies and transit operations within the City. 

This Transportation Infrastructure Gross Receipts Tax ends on June 30, 2020. The City is asking its residents whether to continue to provide this source of road and transit funding. This is a renewal of an existing tax and will not increase the current tax rate.

Renewal of Transportation Infrastructure Gross Receipts Tax

Shall the City of Albuquerque renew a one-quarter of one percent transportation infrastructure gross receipts tax which shall be dedicated specifically and only for the following uses: Not less than 57% for road infrastructure improvements; 5% for trails and bikeways; and 38% for transit?

Proposed Albuquerque City Charter Amendments

As a result of recent changes to state election laws, a certified citizen petition to amend the City Charter, and to clarify and adjust the City of Albuquerque’s election and public financing processes, the following amendments and additions to the City Charter’s Open and Ethical Elections Code will appear on the ballot. These will not increase the property or gross receipts tax rate.

There are TWO separate PROPOSITIONS to be voted on.  The language in boldface print below will appear on your ballot.  For additional voter information, the Voter Guide provides below,  after each Proposition, the actual parts of the exiting law which would be changed if that proposition is approved by the voters.

Proposition 1: Amend the Open and Ethical Elections Code public financing rules

Proposition to amend Article XVI of the Albuquerque City Charter to update public financing rules.

Shall the City of Albuquerque adopt the following amendments to update the language of the Open and Ethical Elections Code, which provides for public financing of City candidates: clarify the use of in-kind contributions, increase how much seed money a candidate can collect, provide definitions for “election cycle” and “candidate,” require candidates to follow public financing contribution limits for one year before asking for public funds, increase funds for publically financed mayoral candidates and set a minimum distribution for council candidates in districts with fewer than 40,000 registered voters, enforce City Clerk’s administrative rules, and allow the City Council to amend the Open and Ethical Elections Code by ordinance with a vote of a majority plus two of the entire membership of the Council?

Full text of the Amendment Prop 1 (PDF)

Proposition 2: Add Democracy Dollars to the Open and Ethical Elections Code

Proposition to amend the City Charter by adding Democracy Dollars to the City’s Open and Ethical Elections Code’s public financing system and changing election dates to comply with state statute.

Shall the City of Albuquerque adopt the following amendments to update the language of the Open and Ethical Elections Code, which provides for public financing of City candidates: provide eligible city residents with Democracy Dollars, to contribute to their choice of qualified candidates, which the candidates could redeem with the City Clerk, up to a limit, for funds to spend in support of their campaigns, as directed by the City Council, and increase the funds for publically financed mayoral candidates?

Full text of the Amendment Prop 2 (PDF)