APS work will create local jobs
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