Los Alamos School Board has passed a resolution that will clear the way for a mail ballot election in January.
The election will give residents the chance to continue taxing residents 3.26 mills for every $1,000 of net taxable property, residential and non-residential.
If residents approve the tax, it will continue through 2021. The election will be Jan. 26, 2016. The last day voters can register for this special election is Dec. 29.
Before the vote was taken, Superintendent of Schools Kurt Steinhaus explained to the board that the school district uses the funds for athletic and music equipment as well as other things.
“Our activity buses are purchased with House Bill 33 funds and … House Bill 33 also plays in a major in school major projects and lastly it’s used to purchase technology equipment in our schools,” Steinhaus said.
The levy of 3.246 mills for every $1,000 has remained at the same level since 2006, according to Daniel Allsup, an advisor to the district,
“It is not a property tax increase, it will just remain at the current level, if approved tonight and then approved by voters,” he told the board.
Even though property values took a hit this year, a member of Allsup’s financial team told the board that they are actually looking at a slight increase for 2015.