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Here they go again. Voters just approved a large K-12 school bond issue, and now all the power elites are lined up (an ominous omen for ordinary folk) with a lavishly financed campaign for another special election to triple the tax levy for UNM-LA.
Los Alamos is fairly affluent, but we have a substantial population of fixed income taxpayers who simply cannot afford an increased tax bite. Sewage rates and homeowners insurance have skyrocketed and medical, dental, food and gasoline costs ramp up relentlessly. Also, this tax increase will stress businesses that will soon be facing increased competition from Smith’s Marketplace. And let’s have some compassion for the hundreds of laid off lab workers.
It is disturbing that even though this issue could be placed on the next general election ballot at no cost, the pro tax contingent has ordered a costly special election. The $30,000 bill will be sent to UNM-LA. The tax group claims no taxpayer money will be utilized, although they admit they may tap student housing reserve money to supplement private donations. Why squander such a large sum? It is well known that it is easier to pass tax increases in special elections, which are held at odd times. It is a tactic to manipulate the democratic process.
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