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Rio Rancho Voters Decide Tuesday on Bond Issue

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The $22 million in bonds would pay for road projects

Voters in Rio Rancho will go to the polls Tuesday to weigh in on whether the city should issue $22 million in bonds to pay for road projects over the next four years.

Ballots can be cast between 7 a.m. and 7 p.m. at any one of four locations: City Hall, Meadowlark Senior Center, Mountain View Middle School or Soul Rio Community Church.

Voters must have been registered with the county clerk by March 1.

Completed absentee ballots can be returned to the City Clerk’s Office at City Hall by mail, or in person by the voter, a member of the voter’s family or the voter’s caregiver, by 7 p.m. Tuesday.

If approved, the city plans to issue $11 million in bonds this spring and the rest in 2013.

The list of road projects the council has approved includes adding lanes to part of Westside Boulevard, reconstruction of part of High Resort, extending Broadmoor Boulevard to Paseo del Volcan and repair work throughout the city.

Some residents say they oppose the proposed bond issue saying property taxes would otherwise decline. Others have criticized the city for using $1.4 million out of $25 million in road bonds approved in 2009 to provide road access to an undeveloped industrial site. The money was to have paid for temporary resurfacing on part of Idalia, in northern Rio Rancho.

 

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