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GO Bond Ballots Hit Mail 2018

Beginning today, ballots in the City of Las Cruces’ $35.6 million General Obligation (GO) Bond election will be mailed to eligible city voters. Also, today is the last day to register to vote in the GO Bond election. City residents have until 5 p.m. to register in person at the Doña Ana County Clerk’s office, 845 N. Motel Blvd., or until 11:59 p.m. to register online at: https://portal.sos.state.nm.us/OVR/(S(hgpmfvof1k3vkf3mlz14e4z5))/WebPages/InstructionsStep1.aspx

Completed ballots can be returned in the postage-paid envelope included with the ballot or in person at the county clerk’s office. All ballots, mailed or hand-delivered, must be received at the county clerk’s office by 7 p.m. on Tuesday, Aug. 21. Accessible voting is also available. Call the county clerk’s office at 575/647-7428 for more election information.

of Las Cruces will hold a $35.election and proposed amendments to

Four general obligation bond questions are on the ballot. Votes shall be cast for or against each question:

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?

2. 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?

3. 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?

4. 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?

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

*Tax at 1/3 market valuation Median Home Value

Yearly Cost to a Typical Homeowner

FULL VALUE ASSESSED VALUE* 2.1 MILLS

$100,000 $33,333 $70

$125,000 $41,667 $87

$150,000 $50,000 $105

$175,000 $58,333 $122

$200,000 $66,667 $140

$225,000 $75,000 $157

$250,000 $83,333 $175

More information at clcbond.org.

Six charter questions will be on the ballot. Votes shall be cast for or against each question:

1. Shall Section 8.02 of the City Charter be changed to give petitioners sixty (60) days to collect sufficient signatures?

2. Shall Sections 8.02, 8.03, 8.07, 8.08, and 8.09 of the City Charter be amended to change the recall provisions for elected officials and create a new Section 8.10, which would require a written notice of intention to recall to be filed with the City Clerk, along with 50 signatures from qualified electors, the petition to recall shall include facts that support grounds of misconduct or violation of the oath of office and a district court judge shall determine if misconduct which violates local or state laws governing elected officials has occurred or if the elected official had been disciplined or suspended from a professional licensing body before the petition is circulated?

3. Shall Section 8.04 of the City Charter be changed to provide the City Clerk to have an additional five (5) working days for a total of twenty-five (25) working days to determine the sufficiency of a petition under Section 8.04 of the City Charter?

4. Shall Section 8.04 of the City Charter be changed to eliminate the amended petition process?

5. Shall Section 8.04 of the City Charter be changed to allow the Las Cruces City Council to review insufficient and sufficient petition on certificates for compliance with the City Charter?

6. Shall Section 8.04 of the City Charter be changed to allow petition signatories seven (7) working days after the petition is submitted to the City Clerk to withdraw their signatures by notarized letter received through certified mail or delivery in-person to the City Clerk?

More information about the GO bond election and proposed charter amendments are at clcbond.org.