GO Bond on November ballot to build, renovate NMSU facilities By Minerva Baumann ’13

More than $31 million in capital outlay projects will be on the ballot for the New Mexico State University system as part of more than $128 million in proposed general obligation bonds for aging buildings at universities and colleges across the state. The funding is part the General Obligation Bond for higher education projects, and there is no tax increase associated with these bonds.

If approved by voters in November 2018, $25 million is planned for agricultural modernization and educational facilities at the Las Cruces campus. Renovation and modernization is planned for the Food Science Security and Safety Facility, the Biomedical Research Center and the Animal Nutrition and Feed Manufacturing Facility. 

“Agricultural research is central to our mission at New Mexico State University,” NMSU System Chancellor Garrey Carruthers says. “After generations of use, many of our agricultural facilities are growing old and in need of repair. Should the voters approve this GO Bond, NMSU will not only be able to improve these facilities, but also add new dimensions to our research, including food safety and security.”

Agriculture and food processing are an important part of New Mexico’s economy, accounting for about $4 billion in sales. NMSU is poised to be an international leader in food protection initiatives to promote food safety in New Mexico and the region. The Food Science Learning and Safety Facility supports teaching in the processing of locally produced agricultural products resulting in economic gain for New Mexico producers and allied industries.

The Biomedical Research Center houses many students across disciplines as well as scientists who are dedicating their research to some of the world's most troubling health issues. An improved facility will create more sophisticated environments for these researchers to actively identify and test solutions for cancer, fertility, obesity, mosquito-born viruses and stress-related speech issues.

Additional benefits include enhanced safety for students and employees as well as encouraging student involvement in research.

“By supporting the GO Bond in November’s election, voters will be increasing educational opportunities and contributing to economic growth, thus improving the lives of New Mexicans,” says Rolando A. Flores, dean of NMSU’s College of Agricultural, Consumer and Environmental Sciences. “These modern facilities will lift NMSU, New Mexico’s agriculture and related industries to higher levels because they will provide faculty and students with better tools and technology.”

The GO Bond for higher education also includes a total of $6.2 million in infrastructure upgrades, renovations and construction for Doña Ana Community College, NMSU Alamogordo, NMSU Carlsbad and NMSU Grants.

The GO Bond for libraries, which includes more than $12 million for eligible academic libraries, is also on the ballot. The NMSU Library and all NMSU community college libraries benefit from these funds. 

The last day to register to vote is Tuesday, Oct. 9. Early voting at dedicated locations begins Tuesday, Oct. 9, with the election happening Tuesday, Nov. 6. GO bonds come before the voters of New Mexico every two years to support projects throughout the state.