New Mexico board approves tax hike for tech upgrades

Wednesday, February 26, 2014

The Santa Fe school board voted 4-1 late Tuesday to approve a $55 million, five-year plan for technology upgrades at all schools in the district, and then voted 3-2 to fund that plan by raising property taxes.

The votes came after extensive debate about the pros and cons of the plan and the merits of taking advantage of a state law to impose the new 1.5 mill tax, which would raise about $11 million a year for five years.

Over time, the project would ensure that all schools have new computers, white boards and up-to-date wireless connections. And ideally, each student would receive an age-appropriate computer device — be it a tablet, iPad or laptop — that he or she can take home to work with every night.

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