Otero County to Vote on Spaceport America Tax on Tuesday

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A couple of opinion pieces from the Alamagordo Daily News in support of a tax increase to help fund the construction of New Mexico’s Spaceport America. Voters in Otero County go to the polls on Tuesday.

Spaceport studies reflect positive impact in Otero County
Yvette Herrell
Alamagordo Daily News

“Of course, the largest benefit to Otero County will be measured in economic impact. Between increased tourism throughout the community and at the space museum generated by the development of commercial space activity, studies predict thousands of new jobs created by the spaceport. There is no allocation or division of opportunity by the spaceport, so there is no limit to the economic opportunity that Otero County can experience. In fact, the return to Otero will be quickly realized through the re-investment of 25 percent of the new tax funds to local schools and education, especially in the areas of math and science. More money for high-tech education means students that are better prepared to take advantage of these jobs of tomorrow!”

To the voters of Otero County
Garrey Carruthers
Alamagordo Daily News

“While the high tech stuff gets most of the attention, often overlooked are the significant contributions to our economy through ‘terrestrial tourism’ such as the trips to the White Sands Monument, International Space Hall of Fame, the mountains by those who accompany the space travelers. And my vote in the affirmative here in Doña Ana County was even more motivated by the influence the spaceport will have on the educational aspirations of our young people.”