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Support the College – Vote on CNM Bond Election

Don't sit on the sidelines during this critical election season for CNM. Show your support for the vital role CNM serves in our community by voting on the CNM Local Bond Election.

Aug 30, 2016

January 2011

Don't sit on the sidelines during this critical election season for CNM. Show your support for the vital role CNM serves in our community by voting on the CNM Local Bond Election.

The CNM Bond, if passed, would provide the College with $70 million to fund projects that would improve learning environments for students and faculty, position CNM to reduce its energy costs and provide much-needed renovations to some of CNM's aging buildings. No tax rate increase would be associated with the passage of this bond.

CNM is facing continued budget cuts from the state, making this bond election extremely important for the College.

"In light of the deeper budget cuts that we are facing for the upcoming fiscal year, the passage of the CNM Local Bond that is on the Feb. 1 election ballot is becoming increasingly important to the financial wellbeing of CNM," CNM President Kathie Winograd said. "Early voting for the CNM Local Bond is under way, and I urge you to vote in this critical election. This is an opportunity for the CNM community to make its voice heard, which would send an important message to our state legislators. If our internal community doesn't show strong support for CNM, how can we expect our legislators to strongly support CNM?"

There is an early voting site on Main Campus that is open from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday (including Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day) through Friday through Jan. 28. The early voting site is in Basehart Temporary Building 4, just south of Smith Brasher Hall. Election Day is Feb. 1. Other early voting sites include the Bernalillo County Clerk's Office Annex, 620 Lomas Blvd. NW, Albuquerque; Coors Plaza, 3200 Coors Blvd. NW, Suite A, Albuquerque; and Rio Rancho City Hall, 3200 Civic Center Circle NE, Rio Rancho. For more election information, visit the Bernalillo County Clerk's Office website.

The largest project that would be funded by the bond would be a $16 million renovation to Jeannette Stromberg Hall, which has vacant space available with the move of the Library and the Assistance Centers for Education to the Student Resource Center. The renovation would include the installation of more modern labs for CNM's nursing and healthcare programs, as well as a simulated hospital environment. This renovation would better prepare CNM students to provide the best healthcare possible in our state's hospitals, clinics and healthcare facilities. With projections for job growth in the healthcare fields, this is a project considered critical to CNM.

A variety of other projects would be funded by the bond. You can read more about the other important projects at www.cnm.edu/2011localbond.

If the bond passes, state law requires that bond funds can only be used for building renovations and infrastructure improvements, and can't be diverted to operational costs. However, if the bond doesn't pass, CNM would be forced to use operational funds for the most pressing facility needs.

Exercise your right to vote and support CNM.