2022 GO Bond
City Voters Approve 2022 General Obligation Bonds
Las Cruces voters approved the issuance of $23 million in General Obligation bonds for projects that include the establishment of an affordable housing trust fund, the building of a new fire station on the east mesa, park improvements, and continued improvements of the East Mesa Recreation Complex.
Affordable Housing (Approved)
Making it Accessible. Keeping it Affordable.
$6 million will build a strong foundation and make an impact on the housing needs of the city.
The City of Las Cruces has set a goal to create 300 affordable/attainable housing units by 2025. A $6 million investment could leverage up to $36.5 Million in federal, state, and private funds to add another 175 affordable housing units to the city. This would help reduce the shortage of 5,600 affordable rental housing units.
Citywide benefits to affordable/attainable housing.
Citywide, there are many benefits to having affordable and attainable housing. First, it allows for people of all ages and income levels to live in the city. This is important because it ensures that everyone has access to the same opportunities and resources that the city has to offer. Additionally, having a variety of housing options helps to strengthen the economy by providing homes for people of all stages of life. This attracts new residents and businesses to the city, which in turn helps to create jobs and grow the local economy. Affordable and attainable housing is also beneficial for seniors who want to stay in their community as they age. It allows them to maintain their independence and stay connected to their friends and neighbors. Ultimately, having affordable and attainable housing throughout the city is essential for creating a thriving community for all residents.
New Fire Station (Approved)
Enhance Public Safety and Shorten Response Time
The new fire station will help to ensure public safety by reducing response times for emergencies.
Fire Station 9 will reduce response times for the Sonoma Ranch and Central service area. Currently, the furthest area in a potential District 9 is 11:19 with light and sirens. All other areas in the City Fire averages 8:27. With Fire Station 9 in place, the response time for the furthest area in a potential District 9 will be reduced to 3-6 minutes. This will improve public safety for all residents in the service area.
Fire Station 9 will provide extra resources to the entire Highway 70 corridor.
Having an additional fire station on Sonoma Ranch would mean that there would be less of a need for other fire crews to respond from further away, which would reduce the amount of damage to property and injury to people in medical need. Additionally, it would mean less wear and tear on other apparatus that would be responding from further away.
Parks Improvements (Approved)
Park Improvements Make Our City Better
The Parks GO Bond would mean basic improvements throughout the CIty's parks.
These improvements would include safety, lighting, and shade enhancements at several family favorite parks in multiple districts.
- La Llorona Park
- Salopek/Stull Neighborhood Park
- Tellbrook Neighborhood Park
- La Fonda Neighborhood Park
- Hess Terrace Neighborhood Park
Finally, the money would be used to add shade structures on the playscapes and bollards for safety and lighting. These enhancements will make our City's parks even more enjoyable places to spend time with family and friends.
Parks are an essential part of our community.
Parks promote health and wellness. They drive programming and educational activities that impact childhood development. Parks create economic opportunity by attracting visitors and businesses. They unite people and strengthen communities by providing a common space for people to come together.
East Mesa Public Recreation Complex (Approved)
Providing Needed Improvements to Where We're Growing
The GO Bond would provide continued improvements for residents on the city’s growing east side.
The East Mesa Public Recreation Complex is a much-needed addition to the City’s park system, and the GO Bonds will help fund additional improvements to the facility. The initial phase of the project, including the installation of sport lighting, is expected to be completed in February or March of next year. This will allow for evening activities at the complex, which is great news for residents on the City’s growing east side.
The East Mesa Public Recreation Complex is a sister facility to the Hadley Sports Complex, and it will provide space for tournaments and league games. Additionally, the complex will have security lighting, which will help keep residents safe during evening events.
The East Mesa Public Recreation Complex is the City’s third community-sized park. Along with Young Park and Apodaca Park, this new facility will provide space for community events and family gatherings.
Allocating Bond Funding to Art (Approved)
A Portion of Approved Bond Capacity Used for Public Art
Per Ordinance No. 2988 (Las Cruces Municipal Code (LCMC), 1997, Chapter 2, Administration, Article V, Finance, Division 4, Two Percent For Public Art), two percent of each GO Bond purpose shall be provided for Public Art.
Two percent of the entire GO Bond capacity approved by voters, regardless of the amount, will be allocated to public art which is used for the same bond purpose. The table below shows the two percent applied to the $23 million GO Bond capacity.
|Department/Division*||Allocated||2% of each Bond Purpose for Public Art|
|Total Bond Program Funding||$23,000,000|
|East Mesa Recreation Complex Phase 2||$5,000,000||$100,000*|
|Total Bond Capacity||$23,000,000||$340,000*|
* These numbers are gross figures. Two percent funding will be calculated on the total net proceeds, after payment of costs of issuance to each project, per the ordinance.