Spaceport tax moves forward

County commissioners in Doña Ana County, New Mexico (home to Las Cruces) have approved a plan to have county residents vote on a sales tax increase intended to support development of Spaceport America. Commissioners approved by a 4-1 vote a plan to draft a measure to increase sales taxes by a quarter-cent. After another vote by county commissioners early next year, the initiative would go before voters in April 2007. The tax would provide an estimated $6.8 million a year towards the $225-million spaceport; the bulk of the money for spaceport construction will come from state.

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