So, let’s talk for a minute everyone.
I’m for better stuff for our children who are still in school. I believe that there is a need to upgrade a lot of the schools at Albuquerque Public Schools. However, when you take this mail-in ballot into account, and look at that they are asking for $6.43 per $1,000 of taxable property value, and according to https://datausa.io/profile/geo/bernalillo-county-nm/, the average property value is $194,200, if this passes, you can expect that the average tax increase for property owner will be about $125.00 per year, for the next 6 years. Some will be more and others will be less. You say that’s not a lot but, average property tax is already a little over $1,800 a year.
Now, let’s take into consideration that the state is over abundant with money’s. Has anyone thought about APS talking to them about the over abundance they have to fund these projects? Are they afraid that the state may audit what they have and reject their request? https://fggam.org/2019/01/how-about-a-tax-cut-for-the-people-of-new-mexico-pot-of-gold-pep-rally-takes-place/
Now, let’s take into account that APS Board Of Directors are paid 6 figure incomes, and they are not in contact with the students. I know that APS superintendent put out an email saying it’s illegal to increase teacher’s and staff’s pay with taxes but, what if they took a little less money in their income? What if what they were paid went to help fund these projects they are looking at? They say they are after all doing what they do for the students right?
Then, let’s talk about the overabundance of vacant properties that APS owns. You do realize that because they are a school district, they are non-taxable, right? In other words, they don’t pay taxes on properties the district owns. They own property that is not being used for anything. Has anyone looked at selling this vacant property to help fund these projects? How are these vacant properties benefiting the students? Never mind the amount of equipment that just sits collecting dust that could either be repurposed or sold for said projects?
Basically, my question is this, who is involved in keeping Albuquerque Public Schools financially responsible for what they are doing? Why are they asking for more money from property owners when they have means to fund these projects themselves?
Ok, this rant is over but, before you vote on this ballot, make sure you are fully informed about what’s going on.
Finally, I do ask you all to pray for those who are in office to make wise decisions in regards to all of this.
Job 12:23-25 (NKJV): He makes nations great, and destroys them; He enlarges nations, and guides them. He takes away the understanding of the chiefs of the people of the earth,
And makes them wander in a pathless wilderness. They grope in the dark without light,
And He makes them stagger like a drunken man.
Psalm 2:10-11 (NKJV) Now therefore, be wise, O kings; Be instructed, you judges of the earth. Serve the Lord with fear, And rejoice with trembling.
Proverbs 2:1-8 (NKJV): My son, if you receive my words, And treasure my commands within you, So that you incline your ear to wisdom, And apply your heart to understanding; Yes, if you cry out for discernment, And lift up your voice for understanding, If you seek her as silver, And search for her as for hidden treasures; Then you will understand the fear of the Lord, And find the knowledge of God. For the Lord gives wisdom; From His mouth come knowledge and understanding; He stores up sound wisdom for the upright; He is a shield to those who walk uprightly; He guards the paths of justice, And preserves the way of His saints
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