Three bond issues OK’d

Freedom New Mexico

At 1 a.m. Wednesday, voters were approving three of the four bonds created by the 2010 Capital Projects General Obligation Bond Act with 94 percent of precincts reporting.

Bonds A, B and C were passing and Bond D was failing.

Bond C will devote more than $5 million in bonds to the improvement of public school facilities. More specifically, the money will be used for pre-kindergarten classrooms, facilities at public schools, public school books and instructional materials.

Bond C took 61 percent of the vote, or 293,555 for and 190,258 votes against.

Bond A will provide just under $8 million to improve senior citizen facilities statewide.

Bond B will provide more than $7 million to public schools, tribal and public library acquisitions.

Bond A won 54 percent of the vote. That’s 257,056 votes for and 220,606 votes against.

According to Denise Burnett of Portales Public Library, Bond B will bring $127,314 to Roosevelt County libraries.

Bond B won 52 percent of the vote with 251,203 votes for and 228,378 against.

Some $19,818 of the money will go to Portales Public Library while $16,778 will go to Portales school libraries and $76,129 to Eastern New Mexico University’s Golden Library.

Burnett said the funds given to the public library will be used to add eight more computer stations for customers.

Bond D would have provided $7 million for Eastern New Mexico University and $1 million for Clovis Community College. Both institutions had planned to use the money for construction improvements.

Bond D was failing by nearly 2,500 votes. There were 239,843 votes for and 242,299 against.