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Sandoval County voters harshly reject a property tax increase

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May 10, 2010

SANDOVAL COUNTY, New Mexico: Voters in the Coronado Soil and Water Conservation District of Sandoval County harshly rejected a 1/4 mill increase in the property tax on May 4, 2010. By a count of 503 to 49, the voters rejected a 1/4 mill increase that would have resulted in homeowners paying $25 more to every $100,000 of assessed property they own[1].

Moreover, there has been some controversy involving Sandoval County elections officials over the lack of public notice that was given about the referendum. Many voters were not alerted until the afternoon hours about the election in which they decided to show up and vote[1]. Voters relied on word of mouth contact about the election[1]. Sandoval County elections officials point blame towards the lack of staff and budget constraints for the short notice given about the election[1].