Proponents backing a sales tax increase in Sierra County to benefit New Mexico’s Spaceport America received a financial boost from Gov. Bill Richardson’s unsuccessful campaign for the Democratic presidential nomination.

Voters in the county on April 22 overwhelmingly approved an additional 0.25% sales tax that will support local bonds for the facility, and to establish a regional spaceport authority with neighboring Doña Ana County, where voters approved similar measures in 2007.

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