Bond proposals in the Nov. 4 general election would provide almost $18 million for Roosevelt and Curry County schools, healthcare facilities and senior citizen centers.
Provides $58 million for state healthcare facilities, including:
• $4 million for the Allied Health Building at Clovis Community College
• $1.5 million for renovation and expansion of New Mexico Department of Health facilities in Roosevelt County.
Will provide $140 million for higher education, including…
• $12 million for ENMU — $9 million for the Technology Building, $2 million for infrastructure, and $1 million for the Music Building.
The estimated cost to property owners for a $100,000 assessed value home is $4 per year for Bond C and $9.77 per year for Bond D.
“Campus improvements and expansion at Clovis Community College and Eastern New Mexico University will help keep our schools competitive with schools in New Mexico and Texas,” said John Neibling, president of Clovis Community College.
ENMU President Steven Gamble said the bonds would provide an economic boost for both counties.
“If Bonds C and D pass, they will have a positive impact on local economies as the money spent on construction projects will create new jobs and the money spent will recycle several times,” Gamble said.
Would provide $11 million statewide for state, tribal, higher education and public library acquisitions.
Roosevelt County would receive a total of $196,422, including:
• $117,168 for ENMU’s Golden Library
• $28,803 for Portales Public Library
• $28,486 for Portales school libraries
• $6,328 for Dora school library
• $6,219 for Elida school library
• $9,418 for Floyd school libraries.
This bond would cost residents an estimated 77 cents per $100,000 of taxable value.
Includes $14.7 million for senior citizen facility improvement, construction and equipment acquisition. The bond includes:
• $11,200 for improvements to the Alice Converse Senior Center in Curry County
• $15,000 for Baxter-Curren Senior Center improvements
• $12,516 for Clovis Senior Center equipment.
• $15,830 for Portales Senior Center equipment
• $12,403 for Portales Senior Center meals equipment
• $7,000 for Grady Senior Center meals equipment.
This bond would cost state residents an estimated $1.03 per $100,000 of taxable value.
If all bonds pass, residents would pay an estimated $15.61 per $100,000 of taxable value each year for 10 years.
Several constitutional amendments also are on the Nov. 4 ballot.
• Constitutional Amendment 1 — Proposes increasing the size of some school boards to nine members and allowing school board elections by mail-in ballot.
• Constitutional Amendment 2 — Proposes allowing mid-term salary increases for county officers.
• Constitutional Amendment 3 — Proposes requiring confirmation of cabinet secretaries at the beginning of each term of a governor.
• Constitutional Amendment 4 — Proposes allowing school elections at the same time as non-partisan elections.
• Constitutional Amendment 5 — Proposes that in the case of a vacancy of the office of lieutenant governor, the governor be allowed to fill the office by appointment with consent of the Senate.
Editor’s note: Sources for this story included sample ballots, ENMU press release and the League of Women Voters of New Mexico.