A number of local government, community and business leaders have formed a group that will push for voter approval in Doña Ana County of a gross receipts tax increase to help fund Spaceport America.
The group, called People for Aerospace, launched its Web site today. It can be found at http://www.peopleforaerospace.com.
The group has three co-chairs: Doña Ana County Commissioner Bill McCamley; Steinborn, Inc. CEO and partner John Hummer; and Delano Lewis, a former
Though a final, formal vote by the county commission is still required, the commission has set the stage for a public vote on April 3 on whether to increase the gross receipts tax 1/4 percent in
With that in mind, People for Aerospace aims to disseminate information and help answer questions about the spaceport, according to a news release from the group.
“There are many questions people have regarding Spaceport
“It has been our experience that, the more people learn about the spaceport, the more support we have received for the GRT tax because, at the end of the day, Spaceport America, to me, is all about creating a better future for our children and future generations,” he said.
“I believe strongly that Spaceport America will be the economic engine to create business opportunities and jobs for our community,” he said. “This is an exciting opportunity for
The well-funded group is backed by many corporations and governments, according to the Web site. McCamley has been giving a presentation on the spaceport to governments and other groups around the county for several months and has received praise from many officials.
That presentation is one of many features on the Web site. There’s also a list of frequently asked questions, with answers, and a form for people who want to submit questions to the group.
No group has formed, at this time, to campaign against approval of the proposed tax increase.