Vote Thanks Sign MPES

The bond and mill-levy election “thank you to voters” sign at Mesilla Park Elementary School.

LAS CRUCES – The 2014 LCPS $65 million school bond issue passed with more than 78 percent of the vote February 4, 2014. The three-mill levy passed with more than 70 percent voting yes.

Here are the official vote totals from Doña Ana County Bureau of Elections Supervisor Scott Kraling:

  • $65 million bond issue: 4,793 for (78.75 percent); 1,291 against; 6,084 total votes;
  • Three-mill levy: 4,323 for (715 percent); 1,763 against; 6,086 total votes.

The votes were canvassed Friday, February 7 at the County Government Building.

The bond and mill levy each received a majority of votes at every one of the 27 consolidated voting precincts. There were 1,007 early votes and 23 absentee votes for the bond, and 368 early votes and 16 absentee votes against the bond. There were 883 early votes and 21 absentee votes for the mill levy and 490 early votes and 20 absentee votes against the mill levy.

“On behalf of the entire school district, I want to thank the voters of this school district for their continued support of our students and our schools,” said Rounds.

The bond issue will generate $65 million in property tax funds for school construction projects (including $24 million to continue renovation of Las Cruces High School), increased school safety at many schools, a new baseball field and improvements to the soccer field at the Field of Dreams, land acquisition for future school sites, a charter-school complex at Court Youth Center and more.

The mill levy will generate about $9.2 million a year for six years to pay for major school repairs and maintenance, technology, playground improvements, school equipment; and, for the first time ever, improvements to three local charter schools.

The passage of both the bond and mill levy will not increase the local property tax rate.

There have been 23 bond elections and 13 mill-levy elections since LCPS was created in 1954. The first bond election, held April 26, 1955, passed 488-34 and generated $510,000. The last bond election was February 2, 2010. It passed 4,461 (77 percent voting “yes”)-1,335. A two-mill levy in 2010 passed 4,190 (73.25 percent voting “yes”)-1,594.