In the November 3 General Election, voters will be asked to invest in the state’s 33 public colleges, universities and specialty schools in 23 cities and 21 counties across New Mexico. General Obligation Bond C (also referred to as Higher Education Bond C) will provide $156,000,000 to renovate and modernize educational facilities. If approved by voters statewide, Bond C will provide money to accomplish this goal by NOT increasing property taxes (as verified by the New Mexico State Department of Finance and Administration).
Approval of Bond C will mean an allocation of $1.85 million for ENMU-Roswell, which will fund needed upgrades to video surveillance equipment and exterior lighting. ENMU in Portales would receive $8 million for phase one renovations of Roosevelt Science Hall and safety upgrades. ENMU in Ruidoso would receive $1.5 million for campus infrastructure improvements.
Also, passage of Bond C is estimated to create approximately 1,500 new jobs in construction, architecture and related fields statewide, adding to the state’s economic development and gross receipts tax revenue. Bond C will help maintain the educational institutions New Mexicans have already invested in, and give colleges and universities the resources needed to continue providing a safe, quality educational environment.
Absentee voting begins October 6 and early voting starts October 17. Absentee ballots can be requested from October 6-20 and ballots must be returned by November 3 at 7pm.
Election Day is Tuesday, November 3, with polls open for in-person voting from 7am -7pm.
- On the Roswell campus, the majority of the existing 75 video surveillance cameras are old analog cameras that do not provide image quality to today’s standards. Most of the buildings on campus have minimal or no camera coverage at all. Funds would be used to replace the majority of existing cameras and install 350 new cameras, with additional servers, monitors, storage hardware, and infrastructure.
- The existing exterior lighting fixtures are old and not as energy efficient as they could be. In many areas the lighting level is not adequate for the security and safety of students, staff, visitors and property. Plans call for the replacement of all exterior lighting fixtures with additional building mounted and pole mounted LED fixtures. Improved lighting will enhance protection of property and improve safety for students, visitors, and staff.