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Posted January 4, 2016

School Improvement Election on Feb. 2

APS is seeking voter support for school renovations and restorations, new technology, improved safety and transportation, charter schools and more.

On Feb. 2, 2016, voters will cast ballots in the Albuquerque Public Schools $575 million bond/mil levy election that would provide funding for a wide variety of capital improvement projects including

  • Renovation and restoration of schools across the district
  • New technology for teaching and learning
  • Improved school safety and security
  • Charter school capital funding
  • Improved student transportation
    and more.

The funding would come in the form of a $375 million mill levy and $200 million in general obligation bonds that will NOT increase taxes! 


Calendar 4Proposed Projects

Albuquerque High Cluster

Atrisco Heritage Cluster

Cibola Cluster

Del Norte Cluster

Eldorado Cluster

Highland Cluster

La Cueva Cluster

Manzano Cluster

Rio Grande Cluster

Sandia Cluster

Valley Cluster

Volcano Vista Cluster

West Mesa Cluster

Charter School Projects 


Who Can Vote

All registered voters living within the the Albuquerque Public Schools district boundaries can vote in the school bond election. This includes all of Bernalillo County and the Village of Corrales in Sandoval County.

voteKey Dates

Feb. 2, 2016: Election Day 

Jan. 5: Last day to register to vote

Jan. 5: Absentee voting begins.

Jan. 13: Early voting begins: 7 a.m.-5 p.m. Tuesday-Friday, 8 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday through Jan. 30. Early voting sites include:

  • APS City Centre
  • APS Lincoln Complex
  • RFK Charter School
  • CNM Main Campus
  • CNM Montoya Campus
  • Don Newton Community Center (beginning Saturday, Jan. 23)
  • AMREP Southwest Building in Rio Rancho (beginning Saturday, Jan. 23).

Get a list of all voting sites.

Go here for more voter information.


Ballot Language

Mil Levy Question: $375 million over six years
“Shall the Albuquerque Public School District continue to impose a property tax of $3.838 for residential property and $4.344 for non-residential property per each $1,000.00 of net taxable value of property allocated to the Albuquerque Public School District for the property tax years 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019, 2020 and 2021 for the purpose of (1) erecting, remodeling, making additions to, providing equipment for or furnishing public school buildings; (2) payments made pursuant to a financing agreement for the leasing of a building or other real property with an option to purchase for a price that is reduced according to payments made; (3) purchasing or improving public school grounds;  (4) administering the projects undertaken pursuant to sections 1 and 3 above, including expenditures for facility maintenance software, project management software, project oversight and district personnel specifically related to administration of projects funded by the Public School Buildings Act provided that expenditures pursuant to this section shall not exceed five percent of the total project cost?”

General Obligation Bond Question: $200 million
“Shall the Albuquerque Public School District issue $200,000,000 of general obligation bonds to erect, remodel, make additions to and furnish school buildings within the district, to purchase or improve school grounds, to purchase computer software and hardware for student use in public schools, and to provide matching funds for capital outlay projects funded pursuant to the Public School Capital Outlay Act?”

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