New Mexico voters approved General Obligation Bonds B and C benefiting libraries, and colleges and universities statewide in Tuesday’s general election. GO Bond B will allocate $3.5 million for academic libraries, while Bond C provides $139 million in higher education funding.
GO Bond C will provide colleges and universities with access to the latest in training and teaching tools and create over 1,400 new jobs. The economic impact of GO Bond C is estimated to be hundreds of millions of dollars, affecting businesses large and small from every corner of New Mexico.
“The passing of Bond C is a testament to the confidence that the citizens of New Mexico have in our colleges and universities,” said UNM President Robert G. Frank. “For UNM, this means we will be able to increase our research and teaching capabilities through renovation of the Farris Engineering Center.
“We will also be able to expand our classroom space by completing the third phase of Domenici Center for Health Sciences Education, which will address the shortage of health care professionals in the state. My thanks to all of those who made this bond successful.”
Bond B will provide nearly $915,000 for UNM’s main, HSC and branch campuses. The funds will be used for collections - print and electronic books, journals, media - and also for the technology needed to access the electronic resources.
UNM Main Campus
Bond C will provide UNM's Main Campus with $20.5 million to design, construct, renovate and purchase equipment for the chemical and nuclear engineering and computer science programs in the Farris Engineering Building.
Approval of Bond C results in $12 million for the UNM Health Sciences Center to help build and equip a $30 million health education building, including laboratories, classrooms and study space in the Domenici Center for Health Sciences Education.
Bond C provides UNM-Gallup with $1 million to complete the basement of the Zollinger Library. The renovation will allow for archival storage and additional usable study spaces for students.
UNM Los Alamos
Bond C contains $500,000 to renovate and equip an emergency medical services classroom laboratory and EMT training area at UNM Los Alamos. The EMT program provides training for careers in fire, EMT, police and public safety jobs.
Bond C earmarks $4 million to provide the resources needed for a Health Sciences Training Facility. One out of every two jobs in Taos County is in the healthcare field.
UNM Valencia will receive $1 million for health and safety infrastructure improvements critical to the health and safety of more than 2,400 students, which includes 1,700 non-concurrent students and more than 900 Adult Basic Education students per year.