GENERAL OBLIGATION BOND D FOR HIGHER EDUCATION
WILL PROVIDE $3 MILLION TO ENMU-ROSWELL’S AUTOMOTIVE/WELDING PROGRAM
WITHOUT RAISING PROPERTY TAXES
Bond Money Would Also Create 112 Jobs in Chaves County
This November, voters in Chaves County will be asked to invest in the state’s public colleges, universities and specialty schools. General Obligation Bond D (referred to as GO Bond D) is asking voters to approve more than $128 million for needed renovations, upgrades and improvements. Voting “yes” on GO Bond D will not increase property taxes.
In Chaves County, approval of Bond D will mean an allocation of $3 million for ENMU-Roswell, which will fund needed renovations to the Automotive /Welding Technology facility on campus. “The approval of Bond D would benefit the welding technology program by expanding the learning environment we currently have,” said Dusty Baker, Welding Technology instructor. “This, in return, would give the opportunity to expand our welding programs and offer more advanced welding training to our students.”
“The Automotive Technology Program at ENMU-R is very excited about the upcoming bond, that will support the remodel of the Automotive and Welding Facilities, said Eric Gomez, Automotive Technology instructor. “The remodel is vital to help the automotive program grow and stay current with technology advancements. The bond will help to remodel the current shop lay out, and make it more realistic to an automotive dealership layout. We will also be able to update the classrooms with the latest technology to help improve student learning. Along with the updates to the classroom and shop we will update both women’s and men’s restrooms, tool room, and entryway. Through this remodel we will also be able to update our ASE/NATEF accreditation, which requires facilities to stay up to date with current industry demands.”
Passage of Bond D is estimated to create approximately 112 jobs in construction, architecture and related fields, adding to our community’s economic development and gross receipts tax revenue.
For many of New Mexico’s colleges and universities, including ENMU-Roswell, GO Bond D is the only source of funding that allows us to re-invest and modernize facilities we already have, improve safety and technology, and boost degree and certificate programs that give our students the knowledge and skills they need to pursue high-paying, in-demand careers.
These voter-approved funds are crucial to ensuring our schools remain competitive and are able to attract the best and brightest students and faculty as well as provide a quality education.
Voting yes on GO Bond D will not only invest more than $128 million into our state’s colleges, universities and specialty schools, but will also do this without increasing the burden on New Mexico’s taxpayers.
Absentee voting runs from October 9 – November 2. Early voting is open from October 20 – November 3, and Election Day is Tuesday, November 6, with polls open for in-person voting from 7 a.m.-7 p.m.
For more information about General Obligation Bond D, including a detailed list of projects and schools throughout New Mexico, visit www.nmbondd.com.