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Comment by Mark Motsko on March 1, 2013 at 11:20am

Mr. Greenwood,

There is no developer. There are more than 300 separate property owners. That's why it's a special assessment district. The City has taken a loan out to construct the infrastructure, and a special assessment is placed on each property that they then pay back in addition to property taxes.

You can find more information at www.SAD228.com.

Thank you,

Mark Motsko

City of Albuquerque

Department of Municipal Development

Public Information Officer


Comment by shotsie on March 1, 2013 at 11:52am


Thanks for explaining the special assessment for projects like this.  I have a related question though - and this involves speed bumps.  I feel that neighborhoods should have the option of using this method to have them installed and then paying for them using a special assessment for that neighborhood (maybe assess the neighborhood association area).  Two things - 1) I feel that would make people think twice about bugging the city to install them in their neighborhood if they know they would be paying for them, and 2) if the NA decides that they are important for safety or traffic controls, then the city wouldn't have to figure out how to pay for them, and so maybe they would get done faster.  I know that Pima County (Tucson, AZ) uses this method to pay for them..

Also, how does the process work?  How much do you pay for how long?  I'd be curious....  Thanks

Comment by ramon t on March 1, 2013 at 12:27pm

In other News:  Chick-Fil-A stay at the sub

In other other News:  UNM uses common sense and keeps Chick-Fil-A  


Comment by once banned twice shy on March 1, 2013 at 3:05pm


You might want to research poll taxes a bit more.  Asking EVERY registered voter to put postage on their ballot envelope is not a poll tax.  Poll taxes were used to prevent certain classes from voting.   Very different.

Comment by hettie on March 1, 2013 at 10:38pm

Except that voters may also turn in their ballots at the city clerk's office, thereby avoiding the cost of a stamp. This negates the notion of "compulsion."

On another note, how difficult is it for people to read a very, very short set of directions and sign the freaking envelope

Comment by Phil_0 on March 2, 2013 at 2:39pm

I guess Skandera would know a lot about losing federal education funding, wouldn't she? Pretty cheeky of her to even bring the issue up...

"...in 2010, the outgoing Richardson administration warned PED Secretary-Designate Hannah Skandera of problems with the state's special education spending. But, according to Stewart, Skandera did not alert the legislature which could have fixed the problem.

“I think the most maddening thing for me is that the public education department didn't bring us into the issue. We were meeting all summer and all fall. They could have easily told us what was going on and they didn't."

Comment by Lebowski on March 3, 2013 at 10:18am

I have a proposition: Gov Martinez will put up a leftist, teachers union advocate to replace Skandera. However, school choice will also be implemented, to include vouchers (not to be used in non-secular schools). Then let's see what comes out of the wash over the next 24 months or so...


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