Property tax hike proposal defeated

April 8, 2014


Crowded polling places, long lines frustrate voters
Diana Alba Soular

LAS CRUCES–A proposal to raise property taxes in Doña Ana County for a soil and water conservation group was rejected by voters after a day of crowded polling places and long lines.

In all, 2,865 people cast votes against a mil levy to back the Doña Ana Soil & Water Conservation District, while just 500 people voted in favor of it, according to final totals from the Doña Ana County Clerk’s Office. The results remain unofficial until after a canvass Wednesday.

Voters had until 5 p.m. — the close of voting — to get in line at a polling place. But at one of the five locations, it took more than an hour and a half for the final voter in line by 5 p.m. to cast a ballot, officials said. At the county government center, it took about an hour for the final person to vote.

Many voters expressed frustration about too few polling locations and the lengthy waits.

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