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Voters overwhelmingly approve renewal of mill levy for schools


By a margin of more than three to one, voters approved the renewal of a two-mill levy that will generate $6.2 million a year for the next six years for Las Cruces Public Schools including repairs, renovations and maintenance; along with the purchase of musical instruments, band and choir uniforms; school equipment; safety improvements at all school campuses, including alarms, cameras and security fencing; and technology.

It will provide capital improvements at LCPS schools and at La Academia Dolores Huerta Charter Middle School and New America School.

With the mill levy approved, LCPS will continue to qualify for matching funds from the state Public School Capital Outlay Council. The state match in 2015 was about $1.3 million for school maintenance and renovation.

The final, unofficial vote was 2,097 in favor of renewing the mill levy and 676 against.

No bond or mill levy has ever been defeated since LCPS was created in 1954.

Election day was Tuesday, Feb. 2.

For more information, visit http://lcps.k12.nm.us/wp-content/uploads/2016/01/Mill-Levy-Brochure.pdf.


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