Voters Split: LAPS referendum passes, thumbs down on UNM-LA 2 mil levy

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By The Staff

In what was perhaps more a statement regarding their pocketbooks and current levels of taxation in Los Alamos County, voters rejected a new tax proposed to support the local college while opting to retain one already in place for public schools.


In unofficial results from the Los Alamos County Clerk’s Office, voters narrowly passed the Los Alamos Public Schools referendum 3,166 to 2,935.


By a wider margin, voters failed to pass the University of New Mexico at Los Alamos 2 mil levy 3,591 to 2,576.


The election, which played out through mail-in ballots over the last couple of weeks, could be viewed as a reflection of growing voter sentiment--not just in Los Alamos, but around the country--that renounces new taxes in a down economy. That same voter sentiment will come into play at the polls later this year as a large number of incumbent politicians face tough re-election campaigns.


One hundred percent of the 6,210 ballots cast have been counted.


These results are unofficial until certified by the Canvass Board Thursday.


Read the full story including reaction from school and college officials in Wednesday's Los Alamos Monitor.