Capital Improvements Mill Levy Election

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On February 6, Rio Rancho voters are asked to go to the polls to renew the Rio Rancho Public Schools capital improvements two mill levy,which pays for routine maintenance of school facilities, computer software and hardware, interactive instructional technology, and technology infrastructure.

Passage of the referendum maintains the current tax rate, reauthorizing a funding source that voters originally approved in 1994 to keep scarce operational dollars in the classroom, working for kids.

Learn more about the election, and see demonstrations of how the funding is used, at our mill levy election Open Houses!  Download Open House invitational flier here (.pdf)
  • Tuesday, January 16, 6 PM - 7:30 PM, Enchanted Hills Elementary School, 5400 Obregon Rd. NE
  • Wednesday, January 17, 5:00 PM - 6:30 PM, Lincoln Middle School, 2287 Lema Dr. SE.  The Lincoln Open House includes information about the new gymnasium breaking ground on the 17th!  

What is the Two-Mill Capital Improvements Levy (SB-9), and why is it important?

The Public School Capital Improvements Tax – also known as SB-9 or the two-mill levy -- provides an ongoing source of funding to pay for routine school maintenance, small construction projects, and technology. These projects protect the taxpayers’ investment in our buildings and assure they are safe, functional places for teaching and learning.  School districts must ask the voters to reauthorize the tax every six years.

How much money does the mill levy provide?  How is it used?

The Capital Improvements Mill Levy generates revenue equal to two mills ($2) per $1,000 of taxable value of property within the school district (for example, approximately $100 for a $150,000 home). The two-mill levy currently provides about $4.3 million per year to RRPS and $85,000 to the ASK Academy. 

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State statute allows the use of mill levy funds for:

  • Building, remodeling, equipping, and furnishing public school buildings
  • Purchasing/improving public school grounds
  • Maintenance of buildings and grounds
  • Purchasing computers and software for student use
  • Purchasing/installing technology infrastructure
  • Purchasing activity vehicles to transport students to school activities

Mill levy funds cannot be used for school district staff salaries.

How is this different from a bond issue?

The two-mill levy is not the same as a bond issue – they are two different things and both are important:

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Charter Schools Benefit Too!

Passage supports state-chartered public schools within the RRPS boundary — the ASK Academy and the Sandoval Academy of Bilingual Education (SABE). Revenues generated by the mill levy are prorated based on enrollment.

What happens if the mill levy does not pass?

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Crucial building maintenance would either not be performed or would have to be paid for by taking operational money out of the classroom. 

The district would lose matching funds (up to $600,000 per year, depending on local tax collections) provided by the state to districts whose voters have approved levying the capital improvements tax.

Questions?  Submit them here!