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What? You want me to vote to raise taxes to support schools when I do not have a child in school? What about the failing economy, the stock market, the mortgage crisis? What is wrong with the schools we have? Children have been attending schools here for years and they are fine. Should seniors have to pay higher taxes to support our schools?
Look at the beautiful Pojoaque schools. I heard the state gave them lots of money to build those new facilities. What do you mean, Pojoaque pays twice what Los Alamos pays in taxes? And they are “bonded to capacity,” and we are not? So you mean the state only pays the most money to districts to build new schools when the district does all it can on its own – when they are “bonded to capacity?”
Do you mean if we bond ourselves to capacity, the state will give us money to build new schools and all the money absolutely has to go to building new schools not anything else? Wow, students wouldn’t have to go to school where the halls are freezing, the windows shake when the wind blows, where mold grows from the leaking roof and the only air-conditioning is the holes that have rusted through the doors?
Oh no, now what? We rank 30th out of 33 counties in the amount of taxes we pay? Are we saying that Los Alamos, the wealthiest county in New Mexico, will not pay enough taxes to ensure that their children are educated in an environment that promotes learning and pride in their schools? I cannot believe that. I remember that we voted to pay for a senior center when we are not all seniors and had no plans to use the facilities – because it was the right thing to do?
Paying taxes is never enjoyable, but it is a small price to pay for being a citizen of the greatest country on Earth. We support our disabled, our seniors and we must support our children because they are our future. I urge you to “do the right thing” and vote yes on the bond when you receive your mail-in ballot in early January.
Past president Los Alamos school employees