GO BOND C 2016
Help support the creativity that sparks
New Mexico’s economy
This year’s election ballot includes General Obligation Bond C, which would provide $27.5 million for renovation and infrastructure improvements at the NMSU system statewide. Of the $27.5 million, $1.5 million would go to improvements for Doña Ana Community College and $22.5 million would go to the renovation of D.W. Williams Hall, which is on the NMSU Las Cruces campus and houses the Department of Art and University Gallery. D.W. Williams Hall was originally built as a gymnasium in 1938. The renovation would provide more space and improved learning facilities and classrooms for students. GO Bond C would not increase taxes.
FAQ’s about GO Bond C and NMSU
Will my property taxes go up if GO Bond C is passed?
No, you will not see an increase in your property taxes.
What is GO Bond C?
General Obligation Bond C will fund capital improvements at New Mexico’s universities and community colleges. If approved, it would provide $27.5 million for capital outlay projects for the entire NMSU system.
How will NMSU use the Bond C funds?
GO Bond C includes $22.5 million for the renovation and construction of D.W. Williams Hall, which houses the NMSU Department of Art and University Art Gallery. It also includes infrastructure replacement and upgrades at NMSU’s community colleges: $1 million for NMSU Alamogordo, $1 million for NMSU Carlsbad, $1.5 million for Doña Ana Community College and $1.5 million for NMSU Grants.
Why does Williams Hall need renovation and replacement?
D.W. Williams Hall was originally built as a gymnasium in 1938. It was converted to house the Department of Art in 1972, but is aging and does not have adequate space for teaching, the NMSU Art Gallery or storage. A 2012 study revealed the building has about half the usable square footage necessary to accommodate its current programs, an issue that limits enrollment growth. GO Bond C will improve learning spaces and provide a home for the University Art Gallery, which has about 10,000 visitors every year and draws international prominence to Doña Ana County. More than $800,000 in private funds already has been raised for this project.
Who will benefit from passage of GO Bond C?
Everyone with a stake in New Mexico’s future will benefit. According to a 2014 report commissioned by the New Mexico Department of Cultural Affairs, the arts and culture industry contributes $5.6 billion dollars a year to the state’s economy. GO Bond C supports higher education and New Mexico’s students. Improved facilities increase student recruitment, retention and their success.
What other bonds are on the ballot that will make a difference at NMSU?
GO Bond B includes $3.25 million in funding for eligible academic libraries in New Mexico. The NMSU Library and all NMSU community college libraries benefit from these Bond B funds.
By the numbers
GO Bond C
– Zero: Increase in taxes associated with the approval of GO Bond C.
– $27.5 million: Funds available to help the NMSU system if GO Bond C passes.
– 1,350: Estimated jobs that would be created by GO Bond C.
Arts and the economy
– $5.6 billion: Annual contribution to New Mexico’s economy by the arts and cultural industries.
– 76,780 New Mexicans are employed in the arts and cultural industries. That’s more than construction and manufacturing combined.
NMSU Department of Art
– More than $800,000 in private funds already has been raised for the renovation of D.W. Williams Hall.
– Ranks 7th in enrollment among 26 departments in NMSU’s College of Arts and Sciences, but it is constrained by the limitations of D.W. Williams Hall.
Dates to Remember
– October 11 Last day to register (or re-register) to vote
– October 11-November 8 Absentee voting (ends 7 p.m. on November 8)
– October 22-November 5 Early in-person voting November 8 Election Day
–November 8 Election Day