San Juan County poll worker Eleanor Haley reads a book Tuesday, Nov. 5 while waiting for voters at the San Juan County Courthouse. The election was a mail-in ballot, but voting was still open on Election Day. A total of 11 people showed up to vote in person on Election Day.
San Juan County voters followed the statewide trend Tuesday, Nov. 5, by soundly rejecting a proposed income tax increase to boost school funding and overwhelmingly approving steep taxes on recreational marijuana.
County Clerk Ladonna Jaramillo reported 352 of the county’s 664 registered voters took part in the election, a 53 percent turnout. The election was a mail-in ballot, though voters had the option of voting in person
Voters here rejected Amendment 66 by a vote of 204 (60 percent) no to 136 (40 percent) yes. Statewide the measure was defeated by 65 percent of voters.
Amendment 66 would have increased the state income tax rate from the current 4.63 percent to 5 percent for incomes of less than $75,000 a year and to 5.9 percent for incomes above that.
It would have raised an estimated $950 million a year for public schools.
But San Juan County voters overwhelmingly backed Proposition AA, which imposed heavy taxes on marijuana production and sales.
State voters legalized recreational use of marijuana in the November 2012 election.
In San Juan County the vote was 253 (74 percent) in favor of the marijuana taxes and 88 (26 percent) against.
Proposition AA will impose a 15 percent excise tax and a 10 percent sales tax on recreational marijuana sales, starting Jan. 1. It will generate en estimated $70 million a year, with $40 million dedicated to public school capital construction.