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Bernalillo County Bond Questions

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Bernalillo County will ask voters to authorize the issuance of General Obligation bonds for the 2018 bond cycle (years 2019-2020) totaling $38,700,000. The projects have been grouped according to their general purposes into six ballot questions. General Obligation Bonds are grouped by purpose so that voters have the option of approving one purpose and not another. Once approved, the bond funds must be used for the approved purpose only.

General Obligation (GO) Bonds and Taxes

A bond represents a debt of money borrowed by a government to generate revenue for and fund capital improvement projects. The government promises to repay the amount borrowed, plus interest, over a period of time. The bonds are called “General Obligation” because payment of the debt service (principal plus interest) is a general obligation of the county and its property owners.

GO bonds require approval by the voters and are repaid from a portion of the property taxes. GO bonds must be sold within three years of voter approval, and must be fully spent on capital (bricks and mortar) projects, not on daily operations or maintenance, within four years of the bond sale. All projects slated for GO bond funding are included in Bernalillo County’s six-year Capital Improvement Plan. Because old bonds are retired as the new bonds are requested, passage of the bonds will generally not result in a property tax increase.

Library    Public Safety    Parks&Rec    Transportation    Storm Drainage    Public Housing

Bond Question 1 – Library Bonds

Shall Bernalillo County, New Mexico, be authorized to issue its general obligation bonds, in one series or more, in an aggregate principal amount not exceeding $1,750,000 for the purpose of purchasing library materials and resources for the libraries within Bernalillo County, New Mexico, said bonds to be payable from general (ad valorem) taxes to be issued and sold at such time or times, upon such terms and conditions as the Board of County Commissioners may determine and as permitted by law?

Purchase materials for the City/County library branches  $1,750,000

Bond Question 2 – Public Safety Facilities and Other County Building Bonds

Shall Bernalillo County, New Mexico, be authorized to issue its general obligation bonds, in one series or more, in an aggregate principal amount not exceeding $16,750,000 for the purpose of acquiring property, planning, designing, upgrading, constructing, remodeling, equipping and otherwise improving, County facilities and fleet, including but not limited to health and public safety facilities, fire station and law enforcement facilities, youth and visitors centers, said bonds to be payable from general (ad valorem) taxes and to be issued and sold at such time or times, upon such terms and conditions as the Board of County Commissioners may determine and as permitted by law?

Youth Service Center Facility – Remodel $1,400,000
Alvarado Square – Chambers $3,500,000
Bernalillo County Sheriff’s Office and Bernalillo County Fire Department, and Metropolitan Detention Center training facility and/or Helicopter Hangar & Air Support Facility – Purchase land for and design a combined / integrated training academy facility for BCSO and BCFD, including air support facilities for the BCSO helicopter $4,500,000
Public Building Upgrades – Systems and ADA – Replace aging building systems in various County buildings $3,600,000
Bernalillo County General Fleet Vehicle and Heavy Equipment Fleet Replacement $1,500,000
Fire Station Remodel – Station TBD $1,000,000
Rt. 66 Visitors Center on West Central $750,000
Emergency Mobile Radio System (Old name; Land Mobile Radio; Interoperable Radio / Communications System) – Either fix or replace the entire system, infrastructure, and equipment for emergency communications between public safety agencies of different jurisdictions $500,000

Bond Question 3 – Parks and Recreation Bonds

Shall Bernalillo County, New Mexico, be authorized to issue its general obligation bonds, in one series or more, in an aggregate principal amount not exceeding $4,950,000 for the purpose of acquiring property, planning, designing, upgrading, constructing, equipping and otherwise improving park and recreational facilities within the County, including but not limited to parks, playgrounds, open space, cultural facilities, community recreation centers, pools, and necessary redevelopment of facilities, construction and improvements required by the Americans with Disabilities Act, said bonds to be payable from general (ad valorem) taxes and to be issued and sold at such time or times, upon such terms and conditions as the Board of County Commissioners may determine and as permitted by law?

Paradise Hills Community Center and Annex – Building and Site Improvements – Expanded parking and improved circulation among several recreation sites along corridor $500,000
Swede Scholar Mesa del Sol Regional Indoor Sports Complex Facility $250,000
Aquatic Redevelopment – Upgrades to existing pools $100,000
Ball Field Redevelopment – Ball Field Redevelopment countywide $600,000
Park Redevelopment – Improve various County parks $100,000
Playground Redevelopment – Improve playgrounds in response to annual audit findings $200,000
ADA Audit Upgrades for Parks and Rec – per 2013 ADA audit of Bernalillo County Parks and Rec facilities $100,000
Tom Tenorio Park Improvements – Ballfield redevelopment $1,700,000
South Valley Aquatics Facility – Redevelop entire pool and support structures $500,000
Mid-North Valley Recreational Facility – Design and construct a new regional facility $200,000
Loma Linda Community Center Gym – To plan, design, construct and equip facility improvements to the Loma Linda Community Center $500,000
Crestview Bluff Open Space – COA $100,000
Wells Parks land Purchase – COA $100,000

Bond Question 4 –Transportation Bonds

Shall Bernalillo County, New Mexico, be authorized to issue its general obligation bonds, in one series or more, in an aggregate principal amount not exceeding $8,500,000 for the purpose of acquiring property, planning, designing, upgrading, constructing, equipping, repairing and otherwise improving transportation facilities within the County, including but not limited to roads and related non-motor vehicle pathways, bridges, traffic calming, guardrails, bike lanes, sidewalks, paving, landscaping, traffic signals and other street improvements and necessary construction and improvements required by the Americans with Disabilities Act, said bonds to be payable from general (ad valorem) taxes and to be issued and sold at such time or times, upon such terms and conditions as the Board of County Commissioners may determine and as permitted by law?

Districts 1, 4, and 5 Road Paving and Rehab – Place asphalt pavement on unincorporated area dirt and graveled roadways or the replacement of substantially deteriorated paved roadways $2,500,000
Sunport Extension – Broadway Blvd to I-25 – Extend Sunport Blvd from Broadway Blvd to I-25 $500,000
Bridge Blvd Redevelopment – Reconstruct Bridge Blvd from Coors to Isleta Blvd   $1,200,000
Roadway Striping, Traffic Calming, and Guardrails – Replace roadway striping, traffic calming, pavement markings, and guardrails as needed $450,000
2nd Street SW Roadway south of Rio Bravo to Salida Sandia – Design and construct roadway improvements $375,000
Districts 1, 2, 3, 4 and 5 Bikelanes and Trails, Sidewalks, ADA and Transit Improvements – Develop bikelanes or trails by Commission District. Funding includes 5% trail monies $1,500,000

County Arterial Program – CAP-COOP-School Bus program must comply with Department of Transportation (DOT) arterial road program. County must match $0.25 for every $0.75 granted by NMDOT $300,000
Atrisco Vista Boulevard – Reconstruct the section between Double Eagle and Paseo Del Norte (2 miles) as a two-lane with bike lanes. Purchase right of way for section between Paseo Del Norte and Southern Blvd does not exist (2 miles to county line and 1.5 miles to Southern Blvd). Construct two-lane roadway with bike lanes $500,000
Rio Bravo Adaptive Signals – Rio Bravo Blvd – Coors Blvd to University Blvd $175,000
Rio Bravo Blvd and Prince St Intersection – Add crosswalk, install pedestrian signals, ADA ramps, lighting $500,000
Unser Sound Wall $500,000

Bond Question 5 – Storm Drainage and Utilities Bonds

Shall Bernalillo County, New Mexico, be authorized to issue its general obligation bonds, in one series or more, in an aggregate principal amount not exceeding $5,500,000 for the purpose of acquiring property, designing, upgrading, constructing, equipping, repairing and otherwise improving utility infrastructure, including but not limited to storm sewer, wastewater, water, drainage and fiber optic systems and facilities within Bernalillo County, New Mexico, said bonds to be payable from general (ad valorem) taxes and to be issued and sold at such time or times, upon such terms and conditions as the Board of County Commissioners may determine and as permitted by law?

Browning Street Drainage Improvement Project – Design of road improvements and drainage structures along Browning from Anaheim Avenue to Modesto Avenue $900,000
Barcelona-Flora Vista-Isleta-Shadyside-Valverde to Armijo Drain Storm Drains – Component of the South Valley Flood Damage Reduction Project ID #2173 $2,850,000
Garduño Road Storm Drain – Construct storm drain on Garduño Rd both east & west of 4th St. Construct outfalls to the Paseo Del Norte ponds. Will partially remove floodplain $1,450,000
Fiber Optics Design and Installation – Fiber Optic as an essential County utility and incorporate its installation with other utility work when possible $300,000

Bond Question 6 – Public Housing Bonds

Shall Bernalillo County, New Mexico, be authorized to issue its general obligation bonds, in one series or more, in an aggregate principal amount not exceeding $1,250,000 for the purpose of acquiring property, designing, upgrading, planning, constructing and equipping housing facilities within the County, including but not limited to energy efficiency and other improvements for multifamily housing units for low-income, homeless, senior and disabled populations, said bonds to be payable from general (ad valorem) taxes and to be issued and sold at such time or times, upon such terms and conditions as the Board of County Commissioners may determine and as permitted by law?

Senior and Disabled Multifamily Units – Modernize multifamily rental units $500,000
Publicly Owned Housing for the Homeless – Tiny house project in conjunction with the City of Albuquerque and nonprofit organizations $750,000

Albuquerque Metropolitan Arroyo Flood Control Authority (AMAFCA)

Shall the Albuquerque Metropolitan Arroyo Flood Control Authority be authorized to issue its general obligation bonds in principal amount not exceeding $25,000,000 for the extension, betterment, alteration, reconstruction, repair and other improvements of the Authority’s flood control system?

The Albuquerque Metropolitan Arroyo Flood Control Authority (AMAFCA) is the local governmental agency responsible for planning, construction and maintenance of the major flood control facilities within its boundaries, which include most of the developed area of Bernalillo County, except the East Mountain area. AMAFCA was created in 1963 by the state Legislature with specific responsibility to build and maintain flood control structures that help alleviate flooding problems. AMAFCA’s purpose is to prevent injury or loss of life, and to eliminate or minimize property damage.

AMAFCA, governed by a publicly-elected five-member board of directors, has taxing authority and its capital program is funded through its mill levy assessment on property tax bills. The current tax (mill levy) for AMAFCA general bond obligation is 67.5 cents per thousand on debt service for AMAFCA. An owner of property assessed at $100,000 would pay $22.50 in debt service on these bonds. Because old bonds are retired as the new bonds are requested, passage of the bonds does not result in a property tax increase.

This election, a $25,000,000 bond authorization is sought to fund construction of flood control and storm water quality projects within AMAFCA’s boundaries. For specific projects to be funded by this bond issue see www.amafca.org