The 2021 Municipal Election Voter Guide is now available. The print edition has information about voting in Bernalillo County and question and answers with Albuquerque Mayoral Candidates, Albuquerque and Moriarty-Edgewood Public School Board candidates, and candidates for other offices.
This is also a great chance to review the municipal bond questions, and the Albuquerque question about funding a soccer stadium. We need to make a correction. In the printed version of the Voter Guide we inadvertently posted the 2019 APS bond language. Here is the correct language.
APS General Obligation Bond Question – $200 million
“Shall the Albuquerque Municipal School District No. 12 be authorized to issue up to $200,000,000. of general obligation bonds for the purpose of (1) erecting, remodeling, making additions to and furnishing school buildings, (2) purchasing or improving school grounds, (3) purchasing computer software and hardware for student use in public schools, (4) providing matching funds for capital outlay projects funded pursuant to the Public School Capital Outlay Act, or (5) any combination of these purposes?”
APS Mill Levy Question – $430 million collected over 6 years
“Shall the Albuquerque Municipal School District No. 12 impose a property tax levy of $3.838 per each $1,000.00 of net taxable value of residential property and $4.344 per each $1,000.00 of net taxable value of non-residential property allocated to the Albuquerque Municipal School District No. 12 for the property tax years 2022, 2023, 2024, 2025, 2026, and 2027 for the purposes of
A. erecting, remodeling, making additions to, providing equipment for or furnishing public school buildings.
B. payments made pursuant to a financing agreement entered into by a school district or a charter school for the leasing of a building or other real property with an option to purchase for a price that is reduced according to payments made;
C. purchasing or improving public school grounds;
D. purchasing activity vehicles for transporting students to and from extracurricular school activities; provided that this authorization for expenditure does not apply to school districts with a student MEM greater than sixty thousand;
E. administering the projects undertaken pursuant to Subsections A and C of this section, including expenditures for facility maintenance software, project management softwart, project oversight and district personnel specifically related to administration of projects funded by the Public School Buildings Act: provided that expenditures pursuant to this subsection shall not exceed five percent of total project costs; and
F. purchasing and installing education technology improvements, excluding salary expenses of school district employees, but including tools used in the educational process that constitute learning and administrative resources, and which may also include:
(1) satellite, copper and fiber-optic transmission; computer and network connection devices; digital communication equipment, including voice, video and data equipment; servers; switches; portable media devices, such as discs and drives to contain data for electronic storage and playback; and purchase or lease of software licenses or other technologies and services, maintenance, equipment and computer infrastructure information, techniques and tools used to implement technology in schools and related facilities; and
(2) improvements, alterations and modifications to, or expansions of, existing buildings or tangible personal property necessary or advisable to house or otherwise accommodate any of the tools listed in this subsection.
This is the second Consolidated Municipal Election. You will see races on your ballot that were previously independent elections.
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