The Albuquerque Public Schools are looking for a 19% property tax increase. At a cost of $1 million a special mail-in election will be held in early February of 2019. Anyone living in the district can vote.
The thing is that it is hard to see how APS needs more of our money. Based on 2016/2017 school year data, APS spends a lot more money than other major school districts in neighboring states. We get the $16,000 plus figure by dividing the $1.34 billion annual budget by the number of students in the district (83,019 according to the most recent budget).
And, while property taxes are dedicated to capital outlay spending, it is worth noting that New Mexico schools as a whole spend much more per student than any other neighboring state. This calculation was made using data available from the National Education Association (yes, the union). This number came about from dividing capital expenditures (p. 58) by average daily attendance (p. 45). APS is by far the largest school district in New Mexico so it is likely that capital outlay expenses at APS track or even exceed those of New Mexico as a whole.