Saturday, April 19, 2008
New Mexico Spaceport Vote Tuesday
Sierra County, New Mexico voters will have their say on Spaceport America Tuesday as the polls open to decide a .25% gross receipts tax referendum to help fund the $198-million dollar state-supported commercial space launch facility. The first-of-its-kind commercial spaceport is now planned for operation in 2010.
Virgin Galactic has added more voter-incentive to pass the referendum by offering one local resident each year of operation the opportunity to fly to space for free - a $200,000 value - from Upham.
A rejection of the tax by Sierra County voters could cripple the entire spaceport project because of conditions that must be met to access state funding for the facility at the time of creation of the spaceport tax district.
Early voting continues in Sierra County through today (Saturday). The election will take place from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Tuesday. A high voter turnout is expected.