A county tax cut may be coming

-A A +A
By The Staff

Voters considering the UNM-LA operating mil levy and LA Public Schools (LAPS) bond renewal should be aware of a potentially important county council action that may lower the county portion of our property taxes.

On Nov. 14 last year, Council voted to “reduce spending and property taxes by $1.5 million per year for each of the next three years.” The vote occurred in a Council strategic planning meeting in its chambers that Saturday morning. No reporters attended. $1.5 million in county government spending represents very roughly two mils on property tax rates or about $200 on a $300,000 home.

If the county maintains this new policy direction, the county portion of average property tax rates would be reduced by roughly that two mils starting with this coming November’s bills, four mils in 2011, and six mils in 2012.

This reduction could make the currently proposed UNM-LA increase of 2 mils and the continuation of LAPS’s current 3.246 mil levy easier for taxpayers to support.

The vote was a narrow 4-3. Councilors Phelps, Chiravelle, and Wismer joined me in the majority. Councilors Wheeler, Stover, and Bowman voted against.

If you subscribe to the newspaper, you receive FREE access to all the exclusive content of the web site! Simply register to receive uninterrupted access to our award-winning and in-depth local online content!

Renew Current or Past Subscription / Register for Online Subscription

If you currently subscribe or have subscribed in the past to the Los Alamos Monitor, then simply find your account number on your mailing label and enter it below.

Click the question mark below to see where your account ID appears on your mailing label.

Newspaper Acct. ID:
Street Address:
(exactly as it appears on the label)

If you are a subscriber and you do not know your account ID or don't have a copy of your newspaper available that shows the information on the address label you can click continue below to search for your account.

New Subscription/30 Day Free Trial Account

If you are new to the award winning Los Alamos Monitor and wish to get a subscription or simply gain access to our online content then please enter your ZIP code below and continue to setup your account.

ZIP Code:

Create a limited access account.
Register to participate in community forums, post on the community calendar, blog etc. This registration does not give you full access to read our award winning content, etc.

The Los Alamos Monitor | lacirculation@lamonitor.com | 505-662-4185
256 DP Road, Los Alamos, NM 87544
Office Hours are 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Monday through Friday