Category Archives: Community Issues

Taxes and School Funding


I would like to present some of my very simple ideas about our taxes and how they fund our schools. If there are any errors in this writeup there are mine and mine alone, I also do not speak for the School Board. I hope the readers find this information useful. I typically think of the taxes that fund our schools in three main categories: Operational, House Bill 33 (Referendum) and Capital Reinvestment.There are other peripheral categories, but these are the main ones. Here is an general description of these three categories:

Operational: This is commonly referred to as the day-to-day operations money, e.g. teachers salaries, books, photocopies to name a few examples. The tax we pay to support this portion of the schools budget is the “death and taxes” portion of our taxes that support public education. Continue reading

State of Chamisa Address, Tuesday March 24, 6:00

Join School Board Vice President Matt Williams for an informative discussion about the current issues facing Los Alamos Public Schools. He will present information from the recent Budget Committee meetings and the 20 Year Facilities Plan. One important consideration is that within five months, the School Board will likely need to commit to which elementary school will be rebuilt and how that rebuild will affect the other school sites. Other topics that will be discussed are enrollment trends, out of District enrollment and other topics currently being discussed by the Budget Committee. The presentation on Tuesday will be followed with an open dialogue of how Chamisa Elementary School may fit into the potential scenarios that will be considered by the School District in the very near future. The discussion will take place Tuesday, March 24 at 6:00 PM in the Chamisa Gym. You may also contact Matt Williams directly at or the School Board at