Bond D to bring new life to campus


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This graphic can be seen throughout Portales as a mens of advertising for Bond D.

This November, New Mexico voters have the opportunity to provide New Mexico’s higher education facilities the opportunity to renovate facilities and provide newer technology to students, according to nmbondd.com

General Obligation Bonds come before voters every two years. The New Mexico Higher Education Bond D provides funding for colleges, universities and specialty schools without increasing citizen’s property taxes.

Funding from the 2018 Bond D measure would replace funds that passed in 2008 and are now being retired after a 10-year term, which is what will ensure that property tax will not increase.

“People can vote on Bond D, because it’ll provide $8 million to ENMU,” said John Houser, ENMU director of marketing and communication services. “It will go towards the renovation of the Roosevelt Science Center.”

In 2016, ENMU benefited from the New Mexico Higher Education Bond by transforming the Golden Library, built in 1953, to the Golden Student Success Center, which held its grand opening ceremony on Aug. 28.

“About 15 years ago, we looked at all the facilities on campus and developed an informal plan as to which needed to be renovated and the order that this would occur,” says Scott Smart, ENMU system chief financial officer. “Essentially, we looked at the condition of the facilities and the need for modernization to support the academic programs housed in each.”

Along with renovations to schools, 1,300 new jobs will be provided in New Mexico with 80 of those being in Portales, according to the New Mexico Go Bond D informational website.

“For New Mexico students to be successful, schools throughout our state must continue to renovate their aging facilities and improve their materials,” the website reads.

Students and military families who are registered voters in a different county can apply for an absentee ballot though the Federal Voting Assistance Program at www.fvap.gov/new-mexico. Voters must register by Oct. 9, and ballots must be turned in by Nov. 6.

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