GO Bond B! You Need Libraries and Libraries Need You!
Date: September 25, 2012
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
CONTACT: Kristina Martinez, NMSU Library, (575) 646-3642, email@example.com
Publicly funded libraries throughout New Mexico, including the New Mexico State University Library, will benefit from passage of a bond issue that will appear on the ballot in New Mexico’s November General Election.
GO Bond B is one of three bond issues in Senate Bill SB 66, the General Obligation Bond Bill, signed March 7, 2012, by Governor Susana Martinez.
If passed, GO Bond B will provide $9,700,000 for New Mexico Libraries, $3 million each to public, academic and school libraries statewide for the purchase of library materials and $700,000 to tribal libraries for the purchase of library materials and construction.
GO Bonds provide up to 25% of New Mexico academic library materials. Libraries at the NMSU Las Cruces campus, Alamogordo, Carlsbad, Grants and Dona Ana Community College will all benefit from this bond. If approved, the $9.7 million bond issue will cost taxpayers 56 cents per $100,000 of their assessed property value and NMSU Libraries would receive the following estimated amounts:
- NMSU Las Cruces Library – $386,090
- Doña Ana Community College Library – $83,349
- NMSU Alamogordo Library – $26,442
- NMSU Carlsbad Library – $13,539
- NMSU Grants Library – $10,461
The cumulative total for the NMSU Library system will be $519,881.
“The NMSU Library relies on bond funds in order to maintain its collection. We encourage New Mexicans to get out and vote on November 6th or to vote early,” said Dr. Elizabeth A. Titus, Dean of NMSU Library.
The statewide Bonds for Libraries Special Interest Group of the New Mexico Library Association is conducting an informational campaign to assist library supporters in providing voter information about GO Bond B. For more information, visit the group’s website at http://www.bondsforlibraries.org/.