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I was very disappointed to read Pete Sheehey's continued obeisance to what it takes to get elected in Los Alamos. He and the rest of the County Council will undoubtedly continue to ensure that Los Alamos remains unattractive to young families and a conflicted location for retirees who are grandparents.
Sheehey notes that we could increase our property taxes a little to finance capital improvements and still have the lowest property taxes in the state. But no one seems to be paying attention to the fact that elsewhere in the state, those tax rates are necessary just to maintain existing infrastructure, with little available for
By contrast, if Los Alamos rates were in the mid-range of New Mexico rates ("comparable" as required for our utility rates) we would easily have sufficient funds to construct all of the capital improvements proposed on a short timetable. And still have attractively low property tax rates.
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