New Mexicans on Tuesday approved the $119.4 million universities and colleges say they so desperately need to renovate their buildings, according to county data.
State Bond C, which allocates the money to higher education institutions in 21 counties around the state, appears to have passed, with 63 percent of voters approving it. Voters also gave the nod to the two other state bonds questions. Bond A, which will benefit senior citizen centers to the tune of $10.3 million, passed with about 66 percent of the vote. Bond B, which raises $9.8 million for libraries, also passed by 66 percent, Bernalillo County data shows. The numbers represent more than 60 percent of precincts, according to the Associated Press.
Of the more than $119 million for projects funded by Bond C, $24.5 million will go to the University of New Mexico for renovations to its science labs.
“It’s wonderful for the university. It allows us to go ahead and give renovations to these two critical buildings,” President Bob Frank said Tuesday night. “It will give our students access to facilities that are critical for (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) education and it’ll allow them state of the art facilities, and we will do everything we can to move the renovations along.”