What is General Obligation Bond D for Higher Education ?
If approved by voters in November 2018, $25 million is planned for renovation and modernization of agriculture educational facilities at the Las Cruces campus. These modern facilities will lift NMSU, New Mexico’s agriculture, and related industries, to higher levels as they provide students and faculty with better tools and technology.
Watch how GO Bond D would impact NMSU-Las Cruces and New Mexico.
How will NMSU use the Bond D funds?
GO Bond D will be used to renovate, modernize and replace three aging College of Agriculture, Consumer and Environmental Sciences (ACES) learning and research facilities at NMSU in Las Cruces. Faculty and students from across the NMSU campus use the buildings for gaining education and skills to prepare students for successful careers, and for important research that benefits New Mexicans.
GO Bond D also includes $1.7 million for renovation and repairs at NMSU-DACC , $1.4 million for roof replacement and infrastructure improvements at Tay Center at NMSU-Alamogordo, $1.6 million for infrastructure improvements campuswide at NMSU-Carlsbad including the learning Assistance Center, and $1.5 million for improvements of Martinez Hall in NMSU-Grants.
To see a list where GO Bond D funding would be distributed statewide, click here, GO Bond D Allocations Statewide.
No, you will NOT see an increase in your property taxes. The funding in the GO Bond D measure would replace GO Bonds passed in 2008, and are now being retired after a 10-year term.
Why does the Agricultural Modernization & Educational Facilities need renovation?
After generations of use, many of our agricultural facilities are growing old and in need of repair. Activity in these three buildings will not only prepare students for necessary job in the sciences and agriculture, but work there will also research ways to assist and boost the agriculture industry in New Mexico.
Food Science Learning and Safety Facility: In this facility, students would receive training for exciting careers in food science and food safety. It would also help us to support producers in New Mexico to create value-added foodstuffs that would increase profitability.
Biomedical Research Center: New Mexico State University has a long history in biomedical research. NMSU faculty and students are engaged in various kinds of cancer research. Others are studying Zika and West Nile virus. The Biomedical Research Center proposed in the GO Bond D for 2018 would help to increase the impact our researchers could make on the health of New Mexicans.
Animal Nutrition and Feed Manufacturing Facility: The current facility is 60-years-old. Improved space is needed to investigate new feed blends and processes, and also research safety and efficiency improvements.
Who will benefit most from passage of GO Bond D?
Everyone with a stake in New Mexico’s future.
The renovation and construction of facilities throughout the state acts as an economic boom for affected communities, large and small. These improvement projects employ architects, engineers, planners and construction workers who spend money and provide needed revenue for small businesses in New Mexico. Agriculture and food processing industries generated nearly $11 billion and 51,000 jobs for the New Mexico economy, according to a recent study.
GO Bond D supports higher education and New Mexico’s students. Improved facilities increase student recruitment, retention and their success.
What other bonds are on the ballot that will make a difference at NMSU?
GO Bond B includes more than $12 million for eligible academic libraries statewide, including those in the NMSU system. Look for the bond items on the BACK of the ballot!
Dates to Remember
October 9 – Last day to register to vote
October 9 thru November 2 – Absentee Voting
October 9 thru November 3 – Early in-person voting at the Dona Ana County Government Center only
October 20 – November 3 Early in-person voting available at Alternate Early Voting Centers, visit www.dacelections.com for a list of locations
November 6 – Election Day