By a wide margin, residents of Los Alamos County voted to sustain the property tax levy that has supplied the Los Alamos School District with nearly $2 million in funds almost every year since 1988.
According to County Clerk Sharon Stover, 4,095 Los Alamos residents voted for the levy, and 1,698 voted against it.
Upon hearing the vote, Superintendent of Schools Kurt Steinhaus thanked the voters of Los Alamos.
“Thank you to the parents and the voters of Los Alamos, we appreciate the support and we’ll be prudent with the money,” he said.
Steinhaus said he sees it as a vote of confidence for the schools, teachers, administration and all involved.
The mill levy question is put before voters every six years. It’s primary purpose is to help the school district purchase athletic equipment and educational tools that it would otherwise have to fund by using its Operational Fund monies.
Since the last levy election, Los Alamos Public Schools has received just over $13 million in funding from the levy.
By voting “yes,” voters agreed to pay $3.25 on every $1,000 of real, assessed property. That’s about $325 a year for a $300,000 home.