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Rio Rancho voters renew tax levy for school improvements

RIO RANCHO — Voters in the Rio Rancho Public Schools district overwhelmingly voted to renew a capital improvements mill levy on Tuesday.

The Rio Rancho Observer reported that 80.9 percent voted in favor with 19.1 percent opposed, according to unofficial results. The turnout was approximately 3.3 percent.

The capital improvements levy will provide funding for repairs and small projects in district buildings, as well as for replacing aging computers and providing software and hardware for classroom instruction and support.

“The capital improvements mill levy generates revenue equal to two mills ($2) per $1,000 of taxable value of property within the school district,” according to RRPS.

It currently provides about $4.3 million per year to RRPS and $85,000 to the ASK Academy, the district says.

Taxpayers will not see an increase in their property taxes with the approval.

“We have been so fortunate to operate in a community that truly believes in education and understands its value,” Superintendent Sue Cleveland said. “Our community has supported every levy since day one and we appreciate their continued support.”

The election results will be canvassed Friday.