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Office of the City Clerk to Issue FREE Voter Photo Identification Cards at Multiple Locations The Rio Rancho Office of the City Clerk will issue free voter photo identification cards for those who do not already have photo identification at different locations in advance of the city’s Aug. 20 special municipal election. Additional Info…
The Rio Rancho Governing Body has approved holding a municipal special election on Tuesday, Aug. 20, 2013. On the ballot for voter consideration will be the following question:
“Shall the City of Rio Rancho reduce the rate of Municipal Higher Education Facilities Gross Receipts Tax approved by voters on March 4, 2008, currently imposed at the rate of one-fourth (1/4) of one percent (1%) to the rate of one-eighth (1/8) of one percent (1%)?”
YES For Reduction of Municipal Higher Education Facilities Gross Receipts Tax
NO Against Reduction of Municipal Higher Education Facilities Gross Receipts Tax
Voters on Election Day (Aug. 20, 2013) will be able to cast their ballot at any of the four polling locations, or voting convenience centers, that will be available. Voting convenience center locations on Election Day will be open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m., and will include:
Applications for absentee ballots may be obtained only from the Office of the City Clerk at Rio Rancho City Hall, 3200 Civic Center Circle, Suite 150, beginning July 16, 2013. All applications for an absentee ballot must be completed and accepted by the City Clerk prior to 5 p.m., on Aug. 16, 2013.
The City Clerk will accept completed absentee ballots delivered by mail, in person by the voter casting the absentee ballot, by a member of the voter’s immediate family, or by the caregiver to the voter until 7 p.m. on Aug. 20, 2013.
Absentee ballots may be marked in person in the Office of the City Clerk at Rio Rancho City Hall during the hours of 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday, from July 16, 2013, through Aug. 16, 2013.
Early voting will be available at Rio Rancho City Hall during the hours of 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday, from July 23, 2013, through Aug. 16, 2013.
City of Rio Rancho residents 18 years of age and older who wish to vote in this special election, and are not already registered, must register with their respective County Clerk’s Office (Sandoval of Bernalillo) on or before 5 p.m. on July 23, 2013, provided, however, that the County Clerk shall accept for filing certificates of registration that are hand-delivered before 5 p.m. on July 23, 2013, or that are postmarked no later than July 23, 2013.
For more information about registering to vote, the Sandoval County Clerk’s Office can be reached at (505) 867-7572, or online at http://www.sandovalcounty.com.
The Bernalillo County Clerk’s Office can be reached at (505) 243-8683, or online at http://www.bernco.gov/clerk.
Voter Photo Identification
Per changes approved by voters to the city’s Charter in March 2012, photo identification is now required for municipal elections in Rio Rancho. The Aug. 20, 2013, special election will be the city’s first municipal election with this requirement in place.
Per city ordinance adopted by the Rio Rancho Governing Body, the following is information regarding voter photo identification for Rio Rancho municipal elections:
For questions regarding absentee, early and Election Day voting, or obtaining a city-issued voter photo identification card, please contact the Rio Rancho Office of the City Clerk at (505) 891-5004.
If voters approve reducing the Municipal Higher Education Facilities Gross Receipts Tax at this special election, the reduction in the city’s current overall Gross Receipts Tax rate would take effect on Jan. 1, 2014 (from 7.4375% reduced to 7.325%).
District 1 City Councilor Chuck Wilkins, who sponsored bringing forward the resolution to hold a special election the Governing Body approved, has previously and publicly communicated that should voters approve reducing the Municipal Higher Education Facilities Gross Receipts Tax at this election, he would sponsor an ordinance seeking Governing Body approval to put into place a new 1/8 of 1% Gross Receipts Tax specifically dedicated to public safety (police and fire/emergency medical services).
If the Governing Body were to approve Councilor Wilkins’ ordinance to impose a new 1/8 of 1% Gross Receipts Tax for public safety, the change in the tax rate would go into effect on Jan. 1, 2014. The city’s current overall Gross Receipts Tax rate of 7.4375% would remain the same because of the 1/8 of 1% reduction in Municipal Higher Education Facilities Gross Receipts Tax that would take effect at the same time. For additional information/detail about the Municipal Higher Education Facilities Gross Receipts Tax, its history to date, and data related to the ordinance Councilor Wilkins would seek Governing Body approval for to put into place a new 1/8 of 1% Gross Receipts Tax specifically dedicated to public safety (police and fire/emergency medical services), view the agenda briefing memo that accompanied the election resolution.
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