Report: 25% Of Spaceport Tax Supports Education

May 5, 2013

Credit Spaceport America

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.

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.


Information from: Las Cruces Sun-News,

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