APS work will cre­ate lo­cal jobs

Albuquerque Journal - - OP-ED -

JOUR­NAL COV­ER­AGE of the school-tax elec­tion was skewed, and not very sub­tly, against the levy. It listed all the pos­si­ble neg­a­tives, such as a po­ten­tial $100 in­crease in prop­erty taxes for many home­own­ers, “a few of which” would find the in­crease oner­ous. It did list the goals and meth­ods for us­ing the rev­enue in terms of ma­jor re­pairs to 50-, 60- and even 70-yearold struc­tures, and up­grades to tech­nol­ogy and se­cu­rity.

But, it never men­tioned where those dol­lars would be spent, or who would ben­e­fit: noth­ing about lo­cal con­trac­tors and busi­nesses that would per­form the con­struc­tion and sup­ply the ma­te­ri­als, and zero about the work­ers who would re­ceive wages for jobs that will con­tinue for years as a re­sult of the in­creased funds. There was noth­ing about the rip­ple ef­fect of that spend­ing on the lo­cal econ­omy to the ben­e­fit of all man­ner of ser­vice providers and re­tail­ers. Ev­ery dol­lar spent on pub­lic works ben­e­fits the en­tire com­mu­nity; this is spend­ing guided by the en­light­ened self-in­ter­est of all of us. We need these up­grades; our chil­dren and their fu­ture de­pend on it. ROBERT CAR­LETON Al­bu­querque

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