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2019 APS Mail-in Election

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The extent of the APS district.

A mail-in election to vote on general obligation bonds and an increased mill levy for the Albuquerque Public Schools (APS) will be held early in 2019. The deadline for returning ballots is February 5, 2019 (Tuesday), no later than 7pm. There are no polling places, and there is no “Election Day,” just a deadline for when ballots must be in the County Clerk’s office.

You can register to vote up through January 8, 2019 through your county clerk. All registered voters within the APS district (Bernalillo and parts of Sandoval County) will be mailed ballots, starting January 8. Ballots must be mailed back or may be hand delivered by the voter or an immediate family member to the County Clerk’s office. Ballots will contain the necessary instructions.

APS has a web page with additional information.

Now, for more details:

Registering to Vote and Checking Your Registration

You can register or check and correct an existing registration through your County Clerk or the Secretary of State. You should verify that you are registered prior to January 8, and make sure that the mailing address listed for you is correct, to ensure that your ballot will be delivered.

Secretary of State

New Mexico Capitol Annex North / 325 Don Gaspar, Suite 300 / Santa Fe, NM 87501
nmvote.org
505.827.3600

Bernalillo County

1 Civic Plaza, Suite 6029, Albuquerque, New Mexico, 87102
bernco.gov/clerk/bureau-of-elections-overview.aspx
505.468.1291

Sandoval County

1500 Idalia Road, Bernalillo, New Mexico 87004
sandovalcountynm.gov/elected-officials/county-clerk/
505.867.7577

What is a General Obligation Bond?

A bond represents a debt of money borrowed by a government to generate revenue for and fund capital improvement projects. The government promises to repay the amount borrowed, plus interest, over a period of time. The bonds are called “General Obligation” because payment of the debt service (principal plus interest) is a general obligation of the county and its property owners.

GO bonds require approval by the voters and are repaid from a portion of the property taxes. GO bonds must be sold within three years of voter approval, and must be fully spent on capital (bricks and mortar) projects, not on daily operations or maintenance, within four years of the bond sale.

What is a Mill Levy?

The Mill Levy is the tax rate that is applied to the net taxable value of a property. Currently, the rate is generally expressed as a dollar figure per $100 of assessed valuation. It’s important to note that the “assessed valuation” is not necessarily the same as the “market valuation” or “purchase price.”

What’s on the ballot?

There are three ballot issues that you can vote FOR or AGAINST. These requested expenditures apply to all the APS public schools and charter schools. Each will receive shares as permitted by state law. This is a a list of projects provided by APS.

The Public School Capital Improve­ments Act Tax Question

“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:

(a)   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

(b)   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.

The Public School Buildings Act Tax Question

“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

A. erecting, remodeling, making additions to, providing equipment for or furnishing public school buildings;

B. 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;

C. purchasing or improving public school grounds;

D. 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;

E. 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

F. 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.

General Obligation Bond Question

Shall the Albuquerque Municipal School District No. 12 be authorized to issue up to $200,000,000.00 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?”

How to Vote Your Ballot

INSTRUCTIONS TO ELECTOR: Each elector shall prepare the ballot, indicating approval or disapproval of the proposition submitted by completing the oval which expresses the choice for or against the proposition and shall then return the voted ballot to the County Clerk in person or by mail pursuant to the instructions from the County Clerk by 7:00 p.m., February 5, 2019.