Carlsbad to vote on mill levy to fund local schools

Carlsbad residents will vote in the Nov. 2 election on a $24 million mill levy to fund building improvements or construction for Carlsbad Carlsbad Municipal Schools.

The funds could be used, per the ballot question, to pay for improving existing buildings, building new facilities including teacher housing and adding assets like fiber optics. 

Early and absentee voting started on Oct. 5.

The levy provides the school district with $3.8 million a year until 2027, said Carlsbad Municipal Schools (CMS) Superintendent Dr. Gerry Washburn during his weekly video announcement on Oct. 19.

Washburn said the mill levy will not raise taxes as it is a continuation of a mill levy already in effect. The current tax rate is $1.796 per $1,000 in assessed valuation for residential properties and $1.987 per $1,000 for non-residential properties.