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Education funding on ballots in New Mexico cities’ elections

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SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — Local governments throughout New Mexico are in search of to resume property taxes to pay for college buildings, computer systems and air air flow methods whilst college districts are slated to obtain $900 million in federal pandemic help.

Ventilation upgrades are on just about all lists after state authorities mandated upgraded methods higher in a position to pull tiny virus particles out of the air. They typically require new equipment.

School districts acquired round $900 million in further federal funding this 12 months aimed toward offsetting the prices of reshaping training infrastructure in response to the virus.

Some of the funds have been used to switch getting older air air flow methods. Many districts supplied a laptop computer to every scholar for the primary time, paid bonuses to workers working regardless of the danger of COVID-19, in addition to bought hand sanitizer, signage and face masks.

Balloting is underway at early voting facilities, county clerks’ places of work and by absentee ballots that may be mailed or dropped off by hand. Election Day is Nov. 2.

Albuquerque is asking voters for $630 million, with classroom expertise upgrades accounting for the most important proposed spending class of round $110 million. Another $15 million would pay for air air flow enhancements. That’s after $30 million budgeted from federal pandemic help, district spokeswoman Monica Armenta mentioned.

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Cedar Attanasio is a corps member for the Associated Press/Report for America Statehouse News Initiative. Report for America is a nonprofit nationwide service program that locations journalists in native newsrooms to report on under-covered points. Follow Attanasio on Twitter.