- House of Representatives passed Senate Bill 53, the General Obligation Bond Bill
- Passes 64-0
- Now SB 53 goes to Governor to be signed
- Will put 3 separate bond issues on the November General Election ballot
- $17 million to fund 189 separate projects at senior centers in NM
- $11 million to fund public, tribal, academic and school libraries in NM
- $141 million for 30 higher education and special school projects statewide (Golden Library and Zollinger Library included)
- No change made from original bill in the amounts allocated to the four types of libraries
- Click here to read the bill in its entirety.
Legislative Bulletin #5
- Legislative Session ends February 20th.
- Senate Bill 53
- Revised in SFC and passed 8-0
- Word “supplemental” added to higher education paragraph
- This bill also includes $11 mill project for Golden Library an ENMU and $1 mill project for Zollinger Library at UNM Gallup
- Included in Higher Education Bond Issue, Bond C
- For improvements/renovations/updates to said libraries
- Passed in Senate 40-0
- Now goes to House vote
- View bill text and versions at Open States
NMLA Legislative Day
- Mid-point February 5th
- Last day to introduce new bills
- 75 supporters of libraries attended opening ceremonies in both galleries
We will meet towards the west end of the rotunda, near the sculpture of the venerable David Cargo, to distribute buttons and information. We will be using the yellow “Support Libraries” buttons provided by the Albuquerque Bernalillo County Library Advisory Board and by NMCAL.
Read more about New Mexico Library Legislative Day in the NMLA January/February 2014 Newsletter.
Click here for unofficial election results from the New Mexico Secretary of State.
Voting for Bond B in the 2012 general election will not result in any increase in property taxes for any New Mexico property owner.
According to the New Mexico State Board of Finance,
“The maximum size of the bonds is $140.2 million. Based on current projections, the State Board of Finance estimates that this is the maximum bond size that can be issued while keeping the State property tax mill levy roughly flat at the current rate of 1.36 mills. If all three ballots are approved by the voters in November 2012, the average cost to the owner of a property worth $100,000 over a 10-year period will be $8.04 per year. Of that $8.04 average cost per year, $6.88 is attributable to the higher education ballot, $0.59 to the senior facilities ballot, and $0.56 to the library acquisitions ballot. Absent voter approval of the ballots, the State property tax mill rate could be expected to decline slightly.”
The annual cost of GO Bond B, $0.56, is part of a total bond cost that will keep property tax levels flat.
Although this year’s photo contest is over, it is not too late to share your photos! Kudos to the NMSU Library for the latest photo submission. Contact email@example.com with any questions.
The Voters’ Guide by the League of Women Voters of Central New Mexico is now available. Click here to access the PDF.
Help us support GO Bond B! Download and print out table tents to remind your patrons about GO Bond B. The file is intended for 11×17 paper, but sizes nicely when printed on letter-size paper.
Libraries in Valencia County are using local school mascots to mobilize voters.
Grant County secured an endorsement from a political party.
“We Democrats recognize the high value of libraries, senior citizen facilities, and universities for the good of all New Mexicans,” notes Manzanarez. “Especially here in Grant County, an essential part of our community – Western New Mexico University – has charted an expanded future. WNMU deserves our strong support which will return benefits a hundred fold. And in this period of low interest rates, the costs will likely be negligible or none.”
Magdaleno Manzanarez, VP for the Grant County Democratic party.