FARMINGTON — Aztec residents rejected a property tax used to pay for capital improvements at the district's schools while Bloomfield voters approved a similar tax for their school district in Tuesday's election.

Aztec Municipal School District Superintendent Kirk Carpenter said he was speechless and disappointed by the results with 410 votes against the continuation and 272 votes for the levy that raises approximately $1.8 million a year for the district.

"It's a sign of the times, it's such a crucial time for us to have the funding we need," Carpenter said. "We'll have to wake up and see what we have to do to move forward."

About $1.4 million dollars of the levy was allocated for the district's technology and maintenance departments, operations that will need to look into other sources for funding.

The current rate would have been increased a little more than 11 cents on the dollar from $1.886 per $1,000 of net taxable property value to $2.

A home valued at $210,000 with a $70,000 net tax value would have seen a tax increase of $7.98, according to figures provided by the school district.

Carpenter said he would be meeting with school officials in the coming days to see how the district will handle the loss for the upcoming 2013-2014 school year.

"It hurts in the heart to think of the number of things this covers," Carpenter said.

Also in this election, three board candidates ran unopposed for the first time since members were assigned districts.

When the population of the district exceeded 16,000 residents, Aztec schools were required to move from an at-large system to district system.


Board President Mitch Waggoner received 98 votes in District 1. Christy Lillywhite, a current board member, received 130 votes in District 2. Write-in candidate Robert James Dusenberry Jr. took home 18 votes and will join the school board representing District 3.

In Bloomfield, 398 residents voted to approve the continuation of its 2 mill levy with 251 voting against it.

Superintendent Joe Rasor said he could not thank the voters enough for approving the six-year continuance of the tax.

"We understand there are members of the community going through a hard time financially (but) it's important this mill levy passed," Rasor said. "It makes sure buildings are properly repaired and we get the necessary equipment we need."

Bloomfield's continuation of its capital improvements levy included a similar small increase to raise the levy back to its original value.

The approval of the levy will raise taxes 14.4 cents per $1,000 of net taxable property value. A home valued at $150,000 with $50,000 net tax value will see an increase of $7.20 per year.

The Bloomfield school board will see three new faces as candidate Bruce Armenta beat Karen Ransom by 14 votes to win District 2. Ransom was the only current board member running for reelection.

District 4 saw the most competition with three candidates on the ballot. Eric Smith won the seat with 90 votes. Cecelia Chiquito was in second place with 24 votes and Dawn Moore earned 18 votes.

Twenty votes separated the two candidates in District 5 with Veronica Tso winning with 70 votes over Ben Woody Jr.

Board Secretary Jerry McKee declined to run for reelection in District 4 and Evelyn Benny declined to run again in District 5.

In Farmington, Robyn Hoffman will join the school board and Deputy Secretary Bill Young was reelected.

Hoffman received 21 votes in District 2, taking over the spot left open by former Board Secretary Nancy Delong.

Following redistricting based on the 2010 Census, Delong was placed into District 4 with board member Kyle Rhodes, leaving her unable to run for reelection.

Young received 34 votes to remain the board representing District 3.