NM spaceport director makes pitch for tax to fund facility

New Mexico is looking for taxpayer support to build a facility designed where Virgin Galactic will send wealthy space tourists on suborbital flights.

New Mexico Spaceport Director Steve Landeene recently made a pitch to the Sierra County Commission for a quarter-cent gross receipts sales tax, the Las Cruces Sun-News reports.

“This tax really holds the key to unleashing world history right here in Sierra County,” said Landeene, who estimated that the spaceport would generate $1 billion in economic development and 2,250 jobs during its first five years.

Sierra County residents will vote on the new tax on April 22.