January 2015 Column

   Imagine 10,000 people walking through your home every day.  The foot traffic would have a tremendous bearing on the upkeep of your floors, carpets, bathrooms, lighting fixtures, doors and computers.  This is precisely what happens at Hobbs Municipal Schools every school day.  Counting staff and students, we have more than 10,000  people who use our facilities on a daily basis.  In order to maintain our great buildings, we employ warehouse staff, computer technicians and contract out locally for other services such as plumbing and some wiring.  The money used to pay for these services come from our SB-9 and HB-33 funds, commonly referred to as 2 and 4 mill. 

 On Feb. 3, voters across the state of New Mexico will decide who leads their local school district by voting for board members whose terms are expiring. Hobbs Municipal Schools has three board members on the ballot, all running unopposed.  Hobbs citizens are fortunate to have the leadership of the current board and the foresight to continue the progressive steps of school improvement by retaining the existing members.

  Hobbs patrons will also decide the fate of two tax levies.  Senate Bill 9 is a two mill rate and House Bill 33 is a four mill tax.  These two taxes are a continuation of an existing tax on the citizens who live in the Hobbs Municipal School District boundaries.  The voting boundaries extend beyond the city limits of Hobbs.  The SB-9 and HB-33 will never exceed the 2 and 4 mill tax rate. A home valued at $100,000.00 is responsible for $16.50 per month at the current rate.  Together, the mill levies they generate $8 million annually  for Hobbs Municipal Schools.  All money generated stays in Hobbs. Hobbs Municipal Schools is currently the least funded district in the state.  Our 2 and 4 mill helps equalize the shortfall in state funding. If the mill levies fail, HMS would be forced to use operational funds.  HMS cannot use the SB-9 or HB-33 for salaries.

 Some projects financed by the mill levies are:

  • Maintenance, construction, technology, grounds, custodial, furniture, remodels, roof repairs and general upkeep of buildings.
  • Security cameras, card access, 98 percent of software used within the district, 100 percent of internet access costs and computer equipment
  • Vehicles used for transporting students

  Should the levies pass, multiple campuses will see classroom cabinet upgrades/replacement, HVAC replacement and plumbing upgrades. Hobbs Municipal Schools encourages every eligible voter to participate in the school election on Tuesday. The only polling place is the HMS Training Center located at the northeast corner of the intersection of Sanger and Seminole Highway.


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