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Hagerman schools to ask voters to extend tax

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Extending the 2 mill tax levy for an additional six years will help Hagerman Municipal Schools “ensure a safe learning environment” for students, says Superintendent Ricky Williams, shown in a February 2016 photo. (File Photo)

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The Hagerman Municipal School District wants voters to continue a property tax that has been providing money for school facilities and equipment since 1979.

If approved by the town’s registered voters during a Feb. 5 mail-in ballot election, a 2 mill property tax already being collected would be extended for an additional six years, from 2019 to 2024.

“It is very important to our district without a doubt,” said Superintendent Ricky Williams. “There is no way, I think, that we could function appropriately without our 2 mill.”

Williams said that the money collected is used to “ensure a safe environment for learning.”

“The 2 mill has always been something that has allowed us to keep pace with some of the larger districts in terms of technology, furniture, that type of thing,” Williams said. “Also, maintenance is a big ticket item. That 2 mill assists us in doing facility upkeep.”

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The tax, which requires property owners to pay $2 on every $1,000 of taxable value of their real estate property, brings in about $66,027 a year to the district, according to information posted by the Hagerman school district. In addition, because of the money received from the levy, the district receives about $106,604 a year from the state for small capital projects.

Williams said he and members of the school district board will be mailing information to voters and using social media and personal meetings to encourage them to approve the levy, which he emphasized will not increase taxes.

“We’ll continue to communicate with our community and our property owners,” he said. “There are some community members who maybe don’t have kids attending our schools, but they care about our schools, and that is why they have continued for all of these amount of years and we look forward to them continuing to do that.”

Williams said that district enrollment stands about 446 this year. The district has pre-kindergarten through 12th grade students. Its facilities include an elementary building, a middle school building, a high school building, administrative offices and athletic fields and buildings.

People living in the Hagerman tax district must be registered to vote by Jan. 8, which is the same day that ballots will be mailed out. The ballots must be received in the Chaves County Clerk’s Office by 7 p.m. on Feb. 5. Ballots either can be mailed back using the postage-paid addressed return envelope provided or delivered in person to the clerk’s office at the Chaves County Administrative Center, 1 St. Mary’s Place.

According to Cindy Fuller, Chaves County Bureau of Elections chief, the Hagerman tax district currently has 1,001 registered voters.

As previously reported, the Roswell Independent School District is also holding a mail-in ballot election Feb. 5 for both a 2 mill levy and a $14 million general obligation bond issue.

Senior Writer Lisa Dunlap can be reached at 575-622-7710, ext. 311, or at reporter02@rdrnews.com.

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Lisa Dunlap is a general assignment reporter for the Roswell Daily Record.