Tax hike going to vote next month

By Mike Linn

The Portales Municipal School Board will decide next month whether to renew a five-year tax hike to fund technological advancements in the district’s schools.
The board estimates the $685,000 tax increase will be levied to residents at the rate of .001 Mill ($1 per $1,000) on the assessed value of taxable property in the first year of the lease-purchase term and will increase thereafter.
A. L. Clemmons, an Albuquerque investment banker/loan officer with George K. Baum & Company, said if approved the money could go to purchasing software, hardware, computer cubicles and wiring for schools within the district.
“The tax is currently in place and needs to be renewed,” said Clemmons, whose company is seeking the lease-purchase renewal. “The life of a computer is typically about three years anyway, because of how fast our technology is growing.”
The board will decide at noon on June 10 whether to renew the contract with the company.
Other items:
n The board voted to accept two computers and two printers donated to Brown Early Childhood Center by John Sides, who works with the Boeing Company. Estimated value of the donations is $220.
n Students at Valencia Elementary will have a chance to throw a pie in Principal David VanWettering’s face on May 23.
The principal said he made the offer to his students if they could raise over $1,000 for Muscular Dystrophy. The students raised $1,106.
n The Board voted to accept the $24,322.60 bid from U. S. Food Service for four Electric Tilting Skillets for district schools.