During the school district election Feb. 5., voters will consider a question to re-approve the two mill tax levy that provides funding for maintaining, building and improving Roswell Independent School District property.
The Public School Capital Improvements Tax Question asks if the RISD should continue to impose a property tax of $2 per each $1,000 of net [auth] taxable value of its property until 2018.
Funds from the levy would provide and maintain facilities and equipment for schools, and cover the cost of new buildings, activity vehicles and classroom techology.
RISD Superintendent Tom Burris said the district has more than 48 acres of buildings and the levy generates $1.8 million annually toward maintaining them.
“This is critically important to maintaining the older buildings we have,” he said. “Without a maintenance program, they deteriorate very quickly. This mill levy will provide adequate funding to maintain buildings.”
The levy would not raise taxes and would continue the mill levy already in place, from which the RISD is set to receive $1.7 million this school year.
Burris said the money is given to schools to spend as they see fit and is not used for salaries or stipends.
“This all goes to the facility,” he said. “Education isn’t expensive, it’s priceless.”
To read the ballot question in full and find voter information, visit risd.k12.nm.us.