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Special election funding questions pass

 

February 10, 2019



TEXICO — Both funding questions on the Texico Municipal Schools special election conducted via mail ballot were approved by Curry and Roosevelt County voters on Tuesday by more than a 2-to-1 margin.

Officials said 1,036 ballots were sent out across both counties, with a final tally of 262 ballots cast, or 25.3 percent, which is considerably higher than the previous Texico Schools tax election in 2013 when just 3.8 percent of eligible voters cast a ballot.

The $2 million in general obligation bonds were approved 194-59 and the $2 per $1,000 property tax value mill levy was approved 162-80.

“We were obviously thankful for that,” Superintendent Robert Brown said. “The community has always supported the school system and it appears that they’ve chosen to do so again and we’re certainly thankful for that.”

The funding measures were the only items on the ballot.

Brown said the GO bonds will be used for capital improvements including security upgrades in the form of new cameras and servers, as well as updates to the elementary school playground and several athletic facilities. He said $1 million in bonds will be sold in August, with the other $1 million to be sold in a year or two.

Brown said the money from the mill levy will be put toward general maintenance. He said the bonds and mill levy will replace expiring funding measures, meaning taxes will not increase as a result of their approval.

The mail ballot election, the first for Texico schools and both county clerks, was necessitated by the Local Election Act approved by the Legislature last year, which moved local school elections from February to November, requiring special elections for districts like Texico, which would be facing a gap between the expiration of current funding measures and the next election day.

“This election is going to end up costing us about $10,000 but will certainly pay off as we’ll have the funds to do what we need to do,” Brown said.

Curry County Clerk Annie Hogland said Curry received back 112 undeliverable ballots, with four undeliverables in Roosevelt, according to Roosevelt County Clerk Stephanie Hicks.

 
 

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