The Bernalillo County Commission approved a $36.3 million bond package that will be added to the ballot this November for voter approval.

The bonds would pay for better roads, upgrade libraries, improve recreation facilities, expand storm drainage facilities, make county buildings more energy efficient and help the chronically homeless with the development of a tiny home village, in conjunction with other governmental and non-governmental agencies.

These community investments would be financed by General Obligation Bonds that allow the county to borrow money at low interest rates. Bernalillo County voters will be asked to consider the projects in the Nov. 8 general election.

The County Commission also approved the county’s Capital Improvement Plan, which is an inventory of existing and proposed capital projects that provides guidance to the public and lawmakers about Bernalillo County’s infrastructure needs, including public safety facilities, roads, storm drainage, animal care, parks, trails and sidewalks.

The 2016-2022 Capital Improvement Plan is a six-year plan that integrates public input, available funding and the county’s top capital needs.

Leota Harriman
Leota Harriman

Leota started working for The Independent in 2006, working her way up through the ranks. An employee buyout in 2010 led to her ownership of the newspaper. Leota has served on the board of the N.M. Press Association, and is currently its First Vice President. She is passionate about health and wellness, especially mental health, and loves making art. She can be reached at news.ind.editor@gmail.com.