The Bernalillo County Board of Commissioners last night unanimously passed the proposed $20.1 million obligation bond package that will now move forward to the voters.
“These proposed projects will benefit every resident of Bernalillo County without increasing taxes,” says Commission Chair Art De La Cruz. “It is now in the voters’ hands to approve the bonds.”
Projects recommended for funding through this bond package include $1.3 million for library materials and resources, $1 million for facilities improvements with an additional $200,000 for a community center parking expansion, $1.6 million for park redevelopment and a jumpstart for the North Valley Little League fields, $3.5 million for the design, construction and equipping of two fire stations and an animal shelter, and $12.5 million for roads and drainage that includes $5 million for the rebuild of the Paseo del Norte interchange at I-25.
Six bond questions will be presented to the public on the general election ballot on Tuesday, Nov. 6. Residents will vote for or against the general obligation bonds that will fund the projects.
The proposed projects are recommended based upon the technical evaluation, project readiness and completion ability. After conducting neighborhood meetings and developing a new web feature for residents to submit requests online, the county received a total of 177 project requests.
“County staff conducted a systematic and simultaneous evaluation of all potential projects in a compressed time period,” says County Manager Tom Zdunek. “They were able to do so because of their groundbreaking and innovative approach.”
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