$32.2M collected in Spaceport America sales tax

Posted at: 05/05/2013 2:31 PM
By: The Associated Press

LAS CRUCES, N.M. (AP) - New data shows that of the $32.2 million Dona Ana County residents have paid in a spaceport tax that took effect five years ago, $1 in $4 has been routed to local education.

The Las Cruces Sun-News reports that new county data says $8 million in total, or 25 percent of all sales tax revenues, has been sent to the three county school districts.

During the 2007 referendum, a main argument touted by tax proponents was that the money would help to train future engineers and technicians who'd be qualified to work at future Spaceport America facilities.

The 24,000-student Las Cruces Public Schools, the largest of three school districts in the county, has received the most spaceport tax money.

Numbers show that nearly $5 million so far has reached the district.

(Copyright 2013 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)

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