Understanding the Ballot Questions

We've posted the three questions on the mail-in ballot along with an explanation of what each question is asking for.

State law allows governmental agencies to propose “mill levies” or property taxes to fund capital projects. Each of the three questions on the mail-in ballot deals with a different type of mill levy because the law dictates how the money can be spent.

APS mill levies last for six years and include local charter schools, which would receive $106 million from this election.

Question 1 involves Senate Bill 9. This is money earmarked for maintenance of existing facilities and this question is a continuation of the current tax rate. The SB money is at the end of its six-year cycle, and continued funding is needed to maintain our current facilities. This money protects the public’s investment in public schools.

Question 2 involves House Bill 33. This money is used to create new facilities as well as purchase needed equipment and technology. In this case, APS is asking the voter to consider a $1 per $1,000 of assessed value increase to their taxes. This question has confused some voters, as it asks permission to raise taxes to $4.83 per $1,000. People have assumed this is a $4.83 increase, but the current rate is $3.83, so it is only a $1 increase.

Question 3 asks voters for permission to sell an additional $200 million in General Obligation Bonds. These bonds can be used solely for capital and equipment for the district and it does increase property taxes by $1 per $1,000 for repayment of the debt.

The total increase for all three questions is $2 per $1,000, or 4.7% of your total tax rate.


 

1. The Public School Capital Improvements Act Tax Question ($190 million over 6 years)

Shall the Albuquerque Municipal School District No. 12 impose a property tax of $2.00 per each $1,000.00 of net taxable value of property allocated to the Albuquerque Municipal School District No. 12 for the property tax years 2019, 2020, 2021, 2022, 2023 and 2024 for the purpose of

  1. erecting, remodeling, making additions to, providing equipment for or furnishing public school buildings
  2. purchasing or improving public school grounds;
  3. maintenance of public school buildings or public school grounds, including the purchasing or repairing of maintenance equipment, participating in the facility information management system as required by the Public School Capital Outlay Act [22-24-1 NMSA 1978] and including payments under contracts with regional education cooperatives for maintenance support services and expenditures for technical training and certification for maintenance and facilities management personnel, but excluding salary expenses of school district employees;
  4. purchasing activity vehicles for transporting students to extracurricular school activities;
  5. purchasing computer software and hardware for student use in public school classrooms;
  6. purchasing and installing education technology improvements, excluding salary expenses of school district employees, but including tools used in the educational process that constitute learning and administrative resources, and which may also include: 
    1. satellite, copper and fiber-optic transmission; computer and network connection devices; digital communication equipment, including voice, video and data equipment; servers; switches; portable media devices, such as discs and drives to contain data for electronic storage and playback; and the purchase or lease of software licenses or other technologies and services, maintenance, equipment and computer infrastructure information, techniques and tools used to implement technology in schools and related facilities; and  
    2. improvements, alterations, and modifications to, or expansions of, existing buildings or tangible personal property necessary or advisable to house or otherwise accommodate any of the tools listed in (6) above.

FOR the public school capital improvements tax 
AGAINST the public school capital improvements tax

2. The Public School Buildings Act Tax Question ($510 million over 6 years)

Shall the Albuquerque Municipal School District No. 12 impose a property tax levy of $4.83 per each $1,000.00 of net taxable value of residential property and $5.34 per each $1,000.00 of net taxable value of non-residential property allocated to the Albuquerque Municipal School District No. 12 for the property tax years 2019, 2020, 2021, 2022, 2023 and 2024 for the purposes of 

  1. erecting, remodeling, making additions to, providing equipment for or furnishing public school buildings;
  2. payments made pursuant to a financing agreement entered into by a school district or a charter school 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. purchasing activity vehicles for transporting students to and from extracurricular school activities; provided that this authorization for expenditure does not apply to school districts with a student MEM greater than sixty thousand;
  5. administering the projects undertaken pursuant to Subsections A and C of this section, 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 subsection shall not exceed five percent of the total project costs; and
  6. purchasing and installing education technology improvements, excluding salary expenses of school district employees, but including tools used in the educational process that constitute learning and administrative resources, and which may also include:
    1. satellite, copper and fiber-optic transmission; computer and network connection devices; digital communication equipment, including voice, video and data equipment; servers; switches; portable media devices, such as discs and drives to contain data for electronic storage and playback; and purchase or lease of software licenses or other technologies and services, maintenance, equipment and computer infrastructure information, techniques and tools used to implement technology in schools and related facilities; and
    2. improvements, alterations, and modifications to, or expansions of, existing buildings or tangible personal property necessary or advisable to house or otherwise accommodate any of the tools listed in this subsection.

FOR the public school buildings act tax
AGAINST the public school buildings act tax

3. General Obligation Bond Question ($200 million)

Shall the Albuquerque Municipal School District No. 12 be authorized to issue up to $200,000,000 of general obligation bonds for the purpose of

  1. erecting, remodeling, making additions to and furnishing school buildings,
  2. purchasing or improving school grounds,
  3. purchasing computer software and hardware for student use in public schools,
  4. providing matching funds for capital outlay projects funded pursuant to the Public School Capital Outlay Act, or
  5.  any combination of these purposes?

FOR the school district bonds
AGAINST the school district bonds