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Statewide bond questions on ballot affect local facilities

RIO RANCHO, N.M. — Three statewide general obligation bonds on the November ballot, if approved, would provide $11 million for libraries, tens of millions for state colleges and universities, and several hundred million dollars for capital outlay projects across New Mexico.

Among funds allocated for libraries, Rio Rancho Public Library would receive $143,000 and Rio Rancho Public Schools would receive $100,000 for its libraries, according to estimates prepared by the New Mexico Library Association.

The funds for the University of New Mexico would pay for buildings on its campuses, but UNM West and the UNM Sandoval Regional Medical Center are not slated to receive any money from those GO bonds.

“…This is a funding mechanism UNM West will hope to make use of in the future,” said UNM West CEO Wynn Goering.

The City of Rio Rancho would receive $1.4 million for water line repairs, $223,670 for renovations at Meadowlark Senior Center, $100,000 for a well, $60,000 for A Park Above and $337,000 for police cars.

Westside Boulevard would see $965,000 in capital outlay for improvement and a bridge. Another $400,000 would go to the Southern Sandoval County Arroyo Flood Control Authority for phase two of a drainage improvement on Alberta Road.

The ASK Academy would get $230,000 to improve lab equipment, information technology, and the land and building.

Rio Rancho Public Schools would receive $680,000 for visitor improvements (such as security) at its elementary schools and $280,000 for a learning and development center.

Facilities for Cibola Little League would get $200,000 for various improvements.