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Editorial: Vote yes on bond issues

There are 10 general obligation bond questions on the Oct. 8 Albuquerque City Election ballot for $115.5 million in capital requests. The Journal recommends approval of all of them.

Topping the list is more than $39 million for street projects throughout the city. Among bigger ticket items are $4.2 million for police vehicles and $3.5 million for BioPark repairs and renovations.

The proposed projects generally take care of basic city needs. The bonds replace ones that are expiring, so taxes do not increase if they are passed. The bonds are repaid through property taxes.

Public Safety Bonds: $11.5 million. Projects include replacing or upgrading fire facilities and expanding the Emergency Communications Center.

Senior, Family, Community Center and Community Enhancement Project Bonds: $10.4 million. Projects include senior affairs facility renovation and funding for the Pat Hurley, Dennis Chavez, Singing Arrow and Westgate Community Centers.

Parks and Recreation Bonds: $12.5 million. Projects include improvements at Balloon Fiesta Park, open space acquisition and renovations at Los Altos, Highland and Ridgeview Village parks.

Energy and Water Conservation, Public Facilities, and System Modernization Bonds: $12.8 million. Projects include Animal Welfare rehabilitation and the 3 Percent Energy Conservation program.

Library Bonds: $5.8 million. Projects include the purchase of books, media and equipment and improvements to the Cherry Hills and Juan Tabo libraries.

Street Bonds: $39 million. Projects include widening, paving, median landscaping, intersection signalization and lighting upgrades.

Public Transportation Bonds: $5.5 million. Projects include vehicle replacement and Park and Ride development and upgrades.

Storm Sewer System Bonds: $10 million. Projects include stormwater program permit compliance, emergency plans for city dams and drainage projects.

Zoo, Biological Park, Museum and Cultural Facility Bonds: $5.1 million. Projects include work at the BioPark, Albuquerque Museum, Balloon Fiesta Museum and KiMo Theatre.

Affordable Housing Bonds: $2.5 million for affordable housing projects.

Albuquerque voters should approve each of the 10 bond issues on the Oct. 8 ballot.

This editorial first appeared in the Albuquerque Journal. It was written by members of the editorial board and is unsigned as it represents the opinion of the newspaper rather than the writers.

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