Wednesday, April 04, 2007
YES- 50.6% to No - 49.4% - Dona Ana County Passes Spaceport Tax
The voters have spoken and it appears that from the 17,315 votes cast on the spaceport tax question, the yes vote appears to have prevailed by a mere 204 votes or 8,781 or 50.6% 'yes' to 8,577 or 49.4% 'no' in Tuesday Dona Ana County, New Mexico voting with all precincts reporting.
Provisional ballots, however, were yet to be counted. The 541 provision ballots leaves the ballot question not fully resolved, according to the The Guardian. The provisional ballots will be counted Thursday when the election results are canvassed and certified.
About $49-million in construction bond debt for Spaceport America will now have a dedicated revenue stream to retire the bonds from the 0.25% gross receipts sales tax in Dona Ana County. The total construction costs for the spaceport is expected to be $198 million. The New Mexico Legislature has dedicated $115 million to the project at this point.
Gov. Bill Richardson said late Tuesday that he knew the election would be close. "What is clear is that the voters of Dona Ana (County) are both cautious with public investment and hopeful in seeking to create a high-tech, high-wage economy and improve math and science education for Southern New Mexico," he told The Santa Fe New Mexican.