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Las Cruces General Obligation Bond Election Set for August 21st, 2018

The Las Cruces City Council adopted a resolution today, June 4, that calls for a $35.6 million general obligation bond election, and proposed amendments to the Las Cruces City Charter regarding recall provisions.

The special municipal election will be Tuesday, August 21, and will be conducted by mail-in ballot. A change in state statutes, approved earlier this year by the New Mexico Legislature, requires the election to be conducted by mail.

The election will be open to all registered voters living within the Las Cruces city limits. City residents who want to vote in the special election will have until 5 p.m. July 24 to register at the Doña County Clerk’s Office, at the Doña Ana County Government Center, 845 N. Motel Boulevard.

Four general obligation bond questions will be on the ballot. The questions adopted Monday by City Council include:

  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?

General obligation bonds are a funding source for basic infrastructure. Information about the general obligation bond election can be found at clcbond.org

The ballot will also have six questions regarding proposed amendments to the Las Cruces City Charter. Those questions include:

  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?

The Las Cruces City Charter was initially adopted by City Council on Jan. 7, 1985. It has been amended four times: Nov. 7, 1989; Nov. 2, 1993; Nov. 10, 2005, and in December 2006. The current version is available on the City’s website. Copies of the City Charter are also available at City Hall, 700 N. Main St.

All ballots must be returned to the County Clerk by 7 p.m. Aug. 21, either by mailing the ballot or delivering it to the County Clerk’s office.