After the defeat of its last attempt in 2010, the University of New Mexico–Los Alamos and its advocates are making a concerted effort to solidify public support for a 2-mil bond levy that comes before voters in September.
UNM-LA’s current 1-mil levy (initiated 33 years ago) is the second lowest of all 17 two-year institutions in the state. UNM-Gallop has the highest combined operational and debt service mil levy at 5.33.
UNM-LA Executive Director Cedric Page, the UNM-LA Advisory Board and the Los Alamos Committee for Higher Education (LACHE) have been on the stump to groups throughout Los Alamos.
Page and advisory board Chair Stephen Boerigter addressed the Los Alamos County Council last week, winning a 5–0 vote in favor of a resolution supporting the effort. The two absent councilors, David Izraelevitz and Rick Reiss, have publicly supported the tax hike.
Boerigter made the pitch to council, stressing how the university is meeting its mission to provide two-year degrees that transfer to bachelor programs, two-year workforce-focused degrees, workforce certificate programs, and lifelong learning opportunities for personal enrichment or career change.
“We have great opportunities and results at UNM-LA,” Boerigter said.