February 17, 2018

New Mexico Voters to Consider Bond for Libraries

By LJ Staff

New Mexico voters will be asked to approve a $16.1 million bond in November. HB 294, the GO Bond Bill for 2004, was signed by the governor, allowing the matter to go before the voters. If approved, $5.832 million will be distributed to 109 public libraries on a per capita basis as supplementary funding to purchase books, electronic information resources, and the tools needed to share information. Publicly funded school libraries and juvenile detention libraries, representing 89 school districts, will share in $6.156 million, distributed with a minimum per school and a per student allocation. The remainder will be shared by 20 community colleges, six universities, and two state agency libraries. The last statewide library initiative was the 2002 Library Capital Improvement Bond, which passed with the highest positive vote of all state bonds in that year.