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Las Cruces General Obligation Bond Election 2018

The City of Las Cruces will conduct a $35.6 million general obligation (GO) bond election in August. General obligation bonds are the main funding source for basic infrastructure such as parks, trails, and fire stations, among others.

A resolution calling for the election was adopted June 4 by the Las Cruces City Council.

Four general obligation bond questions will be on the ballot:

  1. Shall the City issue general obligation bonds, payable from property taxes, in an amount up to $16,900,000 to construct improvements to parks, including sports fields and other related facilities?

  1. Shall the City issue general obligation bonds, payable from property taxes, in an amount up to $9,800,000 to construct a new animal shelter facility and related improvements?

  1. Shall the City issue general obligation bonds, payable from property taxes, in an amount up to $6,200,000 to construct replacement fire station facilities for Fire Station 3 (at 390 N. Valley Drive), including acquisition of necessary land?

  1. Shall the City issue general obligation bonds, payable from property taxes, in an amount up to $2,700,000 to construct and improve recreational walking, jogging, and biking trails, including acquisition of necessary land?

Voters may vote on each question separately.

Of the $16.9 million proposed for park and sports field improvements and additions, improvements would be made at Desert Trails Park, Young Park, and Apodaca Park. Improvement to Hadley Complex would include better restrooms, concession stands, dugouts, lights, and irrigation. Improvements would also be made at Unidad Park and the Metro Verde Splash Pad.

Sports courts improvements would include: basketball courts at Metro Verde, Four Hills, Hillrise Mini Park, Cardon, Klein, the Frank O’Brien Papen Center, and Benavidez Center. Tennis court improvements would be made at Young, Apodaca, Lions and Metro Verde Parks.

Proposed park additions would include two acres for new dog parks; construction of an East Mesa Public Recreation Complex, which could include a 10-acre park, a baseball complex and soccer and football fields; and the construction of eight new Pickleball courts.

The $9.8 million proposed for a new animal shelter facility would be used to create a new stray animal and adoption center, with a new administration office on the site of the existing Animal Services Center of the Mesilla Valley.

Voter approval of $6.5 million in general obligation bonds would be used to replace the existing 51-year-old Fire Station No. 3, at 390 N. Valley Drive. Constructing a new fire station would add response capacity for increasing call demand.

The use of $2.71 million in general obligation bonds for walking, jogging, biking and recreational trails would be used to complete a City loop using City of Las Cruces rights of way and would better utilize Elephant Butte Irrigation District laterals.

The following table shows the yearly impact to a typical homeowner should voters approve a $35.6 million GO Bond that funds all of the proposed projects.

Bond Size: Yearly Cost to a Typical Homeowner

Full Value

Assessed Value*

2.1 mills

$100,000

$33,333

$70.00

$125,000

$41,667

$87.00

$150,000

$50,000

$105.00

$175,000

$58,333

$122.00

$200,000

$66,667

$140.00

$225,000

$75,000

$157.00

$250,000

$83,333

$175.00

*Tax at 1/3 market valuation Median Home Value

The special election will be conducted by mail-ballot. Ballots will be mailed to eligible voters living within Las Cruces city limits with a postage-paid envelope for returning the completed ballot. Ballots may also be hand-delivered to the county clerk’s office at the Doña Ana County Government Center, 845 N. Motel Boulevard. Hand-delivered ballots must be from a legal caretaker or immediate family member. Ballots, mailed or hand-delivered, must be received at the county clerk’s office by 7 p.m. on August 21.

City residents who want to vote in the special election, but are not registered, may register in person until 5 p.m. on July 24 at the Doña Ana County Government Center, 845 N. Motel Boulevard. Residents may also register online until 11:59 p.m. on July 24. Information about online registration is available at https://www.donaanacounty.org/elections/registration.

Accessible voting will also be available. Call the county Bureau of Elections at 575/647-7428.

Specific information about the general obligation bond election can be found at clcbond.org.