ALBUQUERQUE (KRQE) – Voters are deciding today whether or not to sign off on millions of dollars for Albuquerque Public Schools.
The stream of voters has been steady, Tuesday. That’s because there are big bucks at stake. APS is asking for a total of $575 million, which is broken up into two questions for voters.
The first asks for $375 million to keep a property tax hike in place. The other is for a $200 million bond. The district says that $316 million will be used for rebuilding old schools, and building two new ones on the Westside.
APS also plans to put $100 million toward new technology in the classroom. More than $5 million will be used for security at schools, mainly on surveillance cameras to crack down on burglars and vandals.
However, some voters say they had hesitations about voting because of drama with different APS superintendents over the past couple of years.
“It almost made me change my vote because this is a lot of money, and all the payouts I don’t agree with them, but for upgrades and gyms and track and fields, we need,” said Tommy Maestas.
Besides the district’s plan to build two new schools, it also plans to start fixing up old schools and their gym facilities, including Manzano, Rio Grande and Highland High School.
Central New Mexico Community College is also on the ballot. The community college is asking for $84 million to improve its five campuses.
Voting for that bond would bump up taxes.
Polls are open until 7:00 p.m.
Consolidated Voting Sites for APS & CNM Bond/Mill Levy Election Feb. 2
|AMREP Building||333 Rio Rancho Blvd. NE, Rio Rancho|
|APS City Centre||6400 Uptown Blvd. NE, 87110|
|APS Lincoln Complex||915 Locust St. SE, 87106|
|Arroyo Del Oso Elementary School||6504 Harper Dr. NE, 87109|
|Bern. County Clerks Annex||1500 Lomas Blvd, NW, 87104|
|Chaparral Elementary School||6325 Milne Rd NW, 87120|
|CNM Main Campus||1401 Basehart Rd. SE, 87106|
|CNM Montoya Campus||4700 Morris St NE, 87111|
|CNM South Valley Campus||5816 Isleta Blvd SW, 87105|
|CNM Westside Campus||10549 Universe Blvd NW, 87114|
|Corrales Elementary School||200 Target Road, Corrales, 87048|
|Del Norte High School||5323 Montgomery Blvd NE, 87109|
|Desiderio Community Center||117 Tribal Rd. 7039, ToHajiilee, NM, 87026|
|Highland High School||4700 Coal Ave SE, 87108|
|Jackson Middle School||10600 Indian School Rd NE, 87112|
|La Cueva High School||7801 Wilshire Ave NE, 87122|
|Los Ranchos Elementary School||7609 4th St NW, 87107|
|Manzano High School||12200 Lomas Blvd NE, 87112|
|Manzano Mesa Elementary School||801 Elizabeth St SE, 87123|
|McKinley Middle School||4500 Comanche Rd. NE, 87110|
|Montessori on the Rio Grande||1650 Gabaldon Dr NW, 87104|
|Montezuma Elementary School||3100 Indian School Rd NE, 87106|
|Onate Elementary School||12415 Brentwood Hills Blvd NE, 87112|
|Petroglyph Elementary School||5100 Marna Lynn Ave, NW, 87114|
|RFK Charter School||4300 Blake Rd SW, 87121|
|Rio Grande High School||2300 Arenal Rd SW, 87105|
|Rio Rancho CNM Campus||2601 Campus Blvd NE, Rio Rancho, 87144|
|Truman Middle School||9400 Benavides Rd SW, 87121|
|Valley High School||1505 Candelaria Rd NW, 87107|
|Vista Grande Community Center||15 La Madera Rd, Sandia Park, 87047|
|West Mesa High School||6701 Fortuna Rd NW, 87121|
|Zia Elementary School||440 Jefferson St NE, 87109|