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CNM bond would provide $84M in construction, upgrades

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — Voters will have to decide Tuesday if they want to increase their property taxes to support the vision of one of the state’s largest community colleges.

Central New Mexico Community College administrators say the projects are long overdue and the $84 million bond issue is a necessity.

But at least one group, The New Mexico Business Coalition, says CNM already has enough money.

If passed, the bond issue would raise the property taxes on a $200,000 home by about $30. If the bond doesn’t pass, the tax rate would remain the same.

The $84 million bond would cover construction costs for 19 projects across the community college’s five campuses. A description of the projects and their costs follow:

  • Construction of a main campus joint high school, a high school for CNM’s dual credit program and the Native American Community Academy, a charter school: $17.5 million.
  • Renovation of the J building on the Joseph Montoya campus: $10.3 million.
  • Expansion of the welding lab: $9.5 million.
  • Creation of a brewing and catering academy: $5.2 million.
  • Renovation of the Max Salazar Building on the main campus: $4.5 million.
  • A drainage system and creation of an outdoor learning space for the main campus: $4.3 million.
  • Renovation of the E Building on the main campus: $4 million.
  • Renovation of all campus facilities: $4 million.
  • Creation of a technology lab for trades center: $3.8 million.
  • Renovation of an art facility: $3 million.
  • Upgrade of technology infrastructure on all campuses: $3 million.
  • Drainage systems for some buildings on the main campus: $2.9 million.
  • Safety improvements to the Rio Rancho and West Side site: $2 million.
  • Safety improvements to the South Valley, Advanced Technology Center and Workforce Training Center: $2 million.
  • Retrofitting cooling and heating systems at multiple buildings: $1.5 million.
  • An energy control study: $1 million.
  • Safety improvements to the Montoya campus: $930,000.
  • A technology laboratory for the main campus: $790,000.
  • Emergency broadcast displays for all campuses: $468,000.

The polls will be open Tuesday at 31 locations from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. For the complete list of voting sites, visit www.bernco.gov/clerk.

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