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Tue November 9, 2010
Bond D For NM Colleges Fails To Pass
By Vanessa Dabovich
Las Cruces, NM – Bond D which included one hundred and fifty-five million dollars for capital improvements at New Mexico colleges and universities was one of four bonds on the November 2nd ballot. It was also the only one that failed to pass.
The bond would have provided around twenty-eight million dollars for capital improvements at New Mexico State University. Just over five million dollars would have been used to fund the third phase of the Dona Ana Community College Gadsden Center and nearly four million dollars would have gone to NMSU's branch campuses.
Secretary of State's Office unofficial returns show the bond was just over two thousand votes short for approval. In Dona Ana County the bond issue failed by a three percent margin and nearly twelve hundred more votes opposed to the bond.
Bond D was the most expensive and would have been paid through a property tax increase. Voters did approve three other bonds that will provide funding for libraries and school books as well as improvements to senior facilities.