Mill levy ballots must arrive at County Clerk’s office by 7 p.m.

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The ballot asking voters to renew a mill levy to support health care facilities in Socorro County must arrive at the county clerk’s office no later than 7 p.m. on Tuesday, Sept. 4, said Salina Lopez, Socorro County Bureau of Elections manager.

The Socorro county clerk’s office in the courthouse will have extended hours on Tuesday to accommodate voters who want to hand deliver their ballots, she said.

Voters who did not receive a ballot or who have lost their ballots can get another ballot at the county clerk’s office on Tuesday, Lopez said.

“We have a lot of people who never received their ballots because of the E911 address changes,” she said. “They can get another ballot at the county clerk’s office.”

Voters who have misplaced their ballots can get a replacement ballot as well, she said.

Ballots can still be mailed in, but the envelopes should be mailed at the Socorro main post office lobby before 3 p.m. on Saturday in order to arrive at the county clerk’s office on Tuesday because of the Labor Day holiday on Monday, said Paul Infante, Socorro postmaster.

The post office and the county clerk’s office will both be closed on Monday.

The mill levy ballot renews a county property tax levy for another eight years and enables local health care entities to receive funding from the Hospital Funding Act. Voting “yes” does not raise property taxes.

The ballots mailed out to all qualified voters in Socorro County posed this question:

“Shall the Board of Commissioners of Socorro County, New Mexico, continue for a period of eight (8) years to levy a property tax in the amount of four and one quarter (4 1/4) mills for the operation and the maintenance of Socorro General Hospital and any other county facility eligible to receive funds under the Hospital Finding Act in order to make hospital services available to care for the sick of Socorro county pursuant to the terms of a health care facilities contract?”