- Associated Press - Monday, May 18, 2015

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) - Supporters of the Albuquerque Zoo are seeking to put a proposed tax raise on the municipal ballot to raise money for renovations.

KOB-TV reports (https://bit.ly/1IKDG49) that the New Mexico Bio Park Society is petitioning to have voters decide in October on whether to increase the gross receipt tax by one-eighth percent for 15 years.

The Bio Park Society says it needs to get more than 14,000 signatures in the next two months to get it on the ballot.

If it were to pass, the tax increase would go into effect July 1, 2016.

Bio Park Society development director Barry Blitzer says the revenue from the heightened tax would be used to renovate or expand on exhibit space for elephants, penguins and sea lions.

Other needs include an expanded parking structure.

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Information from: KOB-TV, https://www.kob.com


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