Please Vote ‘NO’ — Information on the DASWCD Mill Levy Election Scheduled for April 8

Please be aware that the Doña Ana Soil & Water Conservation District (DASWCD) has exercised its’ statutory right to hold a Mill Levy Election on April 8 from 8:00 am to 5:00 pm.

Please be aware that the Democratic Party of Doña Ana County Executive Committee URGES A NO VOTE on this Mill Levy Election

The Mill Levy Election, should it pass, WILL RAISE property taxes.

Five Voting Places. April 8, 2014 8 am to 5:00 pm:

  • Las Cruces Home Builders Association, 2825 N. Main St., Las Cruces
  • Good Samaritan Society Village, 3011 Buena Vida Circles, Las Cruces
  • Doña Ana County Government Bldg., 845 N. Motel Blvd., Las Cruces
  • Doña Ana Community College Gadsden Learning Center, 1700 E. O’Hara Road, Anthony
  • Radium Springs Community Center, 12060 L.B. Lindbech Road, Radium Springs

No early in-person voting but absentee ballot can be requested through March 19 at the Doña Ana County Government Center, 845 N. Motel Blvd. or by phone:  575) 647-7428.

As noted below, the DASWCD has previously passed resolutions opposing the following: Organ Mountains-Desert Peaks National Monument, Mexican wolf and jaguar recovery, and  a free-flowing Gila river.

This information came from the Sun News:

The Sun-News, Sunday edition (3/16/2014) front page announces that the Doña Ana Soil & Water Conservation District (DASWCD) is hosting a countrywide election seeking a 0.092 mill levy to help ramp its operations.  This translate into a 92 cent charge per $1,000 of taxable property value.  Joe Delk, chair, seeks to replace a staff person position that was lost when shared funding from the Natural Resources Conservation Services was discontinued. If the measure passes, it is expected to raise about $350,000 per year.

The District proposes to hire three staff members:  (1) a district manager, (2) a manager’s assistant, and (3) a field technician.  There was no mention of any specific projects proposed by this group but they did mention addressing some problems like attempting to prevent events similar to  the Hatch flooding in ’06 and last years flooding in the South Valley.

The clearing dams of sediment that has accumulated over the years, noxious weed removal, creating water sources for wildlife as examples.

DASWCD is composed of a seven-member board, a subunit of state government that is supposed to help landowners find practical solutions to water and conservation issues.  Five of the board members are elected.  The members are all volunteers, and have time constraints because of actual jobs according to Joe Delk, chair.  The annual budget for DASWCD is $15,000 per year allocated by the state Legislature.  The district by law is authorized to seek up to $1 per $1,000 of next taxable value.  It seeks about 1/10th of that in this election. The mill levy will apply to Las Cruces and other municipalities, as well as the unincorporated areas in Doña Ana County.

Chairman Delk made a presentation to the Las Cruces City County and the Doña Ana County Commission. The Sun-News article mentions that several city councilors did not feel the mill levy measure would be of enough benefit to city residents.  City Councilor Gil Sorg is quoted as saying he believes that once the three staff people are hired, “I don’t see much left over for the city of Las Cruces.  I cannot support this because it is not going to be helpful to the residents of my district or the city itself.”

There has been no printed comment by County Commissioners.

You will find on their website that the organization has passed resolutions opposing the : Organ Mountains-Desert Peaks National Monument, Mexican wolf and jaguar recovery, and  a free-flowing Gila river.

DASWCD’s web site is http://www.daswcd.org/home/documents