RIO RANCHO, N.M. — Some legislative maneuvering was needed to include a proposed new health sciences center at UNM West in a statewide general obligation bond measure to be presented to voters in November.
Senate Bill 122, “General Obligation Bond Projects,” was amended to include the center after $8 million was shifted from a proposed senior center in Rio Rancho. The senior center was originally in the bond bill for $11.4 million. It would now get $3.4 million.
The bill was amended by House Ways and Means Committee chairman Rep. Jason Harper, R-Rio Rancho. Harper called it a best-case scenario for Rio Rancho.
“In my mind, it’s a win-win for Rio Rancho because we were able to get this facility and really kick-start UNM West,” Harper said. “At the same time, we know we’re going to have a new senior center, which has had a lot of growth in Rio Rancho of our senior population.”