In Support Of Public Schools Buildings Referendum – Los Alamos Reporter

BY MORRIE PONGRATZFormer County Council MemberFormer School Board Member

I’m writing to induce our residents to vote “For” the Public School Buildings Act within the upcoming referendum.  Identical mill levy questions have been authorised by our voters in 2011 and in 2016.  Approval will NOT improve property tax charges.

One of the frustrations throughout my years on the varsity board was that faculty district operational funds are allotted by the state on a per-pupil foundation, no matter native cost-of-living. Teachers are paid from the operational fund.  So, we can not vote to extend the funding for instructor’s pay, however your persevering with assist of the Public School Buildings referendum implies that important main upkeep, exercise buses, ADA compliance, athletic provides and gear (together with malfunctioning scoreboards), music devices, and district laptop {hardware} and community gear needn’t come from the operational fund.  

I imagine that the standard of our faculties, the well being of the laboratory, and the asset worth of my home are linked (the DOE $8 million attests to this).  Hampering the lab’s potential to recruit and retain the very best and the brightest can value me far more in home worth than the greenback a day I pay for the levy!  And, oh by the best way, based on 2010 Census Bureau information, Los Alamos ranked sixteenth within the state within the share of college funds coming from the federal authorities, tied with the Pojoaque college district at 25.5 % of our funds coming from the feds. I used to be shocked to see that we get a smaller share of our cash from the feds than close by districts Jemez Valley, Bernalillo and Las Vegas West.

This mill levy has been the first funding supply for all scholar expertise and main upkeep enchancment initiatives all through the district for practically 20 years.  Absentee and in individual voting start on Tuesday, October 5.  Election Day is Tuesday, November 2. Again, voting in favor of the referendum will NOT improve property tax charges.  Please vote “FOR”.
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