Bond passes in New Mexico

Ryan Lengerich

A school bond that will designate $94.5 million to colleges statewide was in position to pass at press time Tuesday.
Bond B will benefit Mesalands Community College, Eastern New Mexico University in Portales and Clovis Community College.

Mesalands Community College President Phillip O. Barry said voters approved funding for school improvement in 2002, but the full amount needed was not allocated by the legislators and this bond will provide $600,000 to complete a $1.4 million project.

Quay County, with all precincts reporting at press time, did not support the bond by a 51 percent to 49 percent margin. Barry said he was surprised. “Voters spoke this time, but I am glad it passed statewide,” said Barry.

The bond will raise property taxes by an average of $15.26 per year on a $150,000 home, according to the state board of finance. With 87 percent of the precincts reporting, 60 percent of voters statewide supported the measure.
ENMU is slated to receive $8 million, with about $7 million going to a new science center. ENMU President Steven Gamble said the school’s current science facility was erected in 1949. “We in higher education are grateful for the confidence the voters place in us,” Gamble said Tuesday. “We will be good stewards of the money entrusted to us and we will make higher education stronger in New Mexico with this money.”

CCC is slated to receive $650,000 for classroom expansion; $500,000 of that money would be for a new allied health building in the lot adjacent to the new library.