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Next Tuesday, voters in Valencia County will be asked to invest in the state’s public colleges, universities and specialty schools.

General Obligation Bond C is asking voters to release $131,106,200 for New Mexico’s institutions of higher education, the New Mexico School for the Deaf and the New Mexico School for the Blind and Visually Impaired, of which $1.5 million will be allocated to the University of New Mexico-Valencia Campus.

These funds will be used to update the information technology systems infrastructure at UNM-Valencia to meet industry standards and keep students current in today’s technology. These voter-approved projects are estimated to create 15 local jobs, without increasing property taxes.

For many of New Mexico’s colleges and universities, GO bonds are the only source of funding that allows for the repair and upgrade of aging structures, as well as a critical source of funding that allows institutions to invest in science, technology, engineering and math programs.

These voter-approved funds are a critical component to ensuring schools remain competitive and able to attract the best and brightest from around the globe, said Jon Lechel, public information officer at UNM-Valencia.

“With voter support of GO Bond C, UNM-Valencia will be able to upgrade the IT infrastructure so it meets the industry standards and be able to keep students current in today’s technology driven society,” Lechel said. “With the system updates, UNM-Valencia will be able to provide the students with an outstanding education that prepares them for tomorrow’s competitive job market.”

GO Bond C will invest more than $131 million into the state’s colleges, universities and specialty schools without increasing the burden on taxpayers.

“GO Bond C funds are critical to the betterment of UNM-Valencia so it can provide the great education Valencia County students deserve,” he said. “Not only are the funds critical to UNM-Valencia and every college in New Mexico, they are vital to the progress of Valencia County. GO Bond C funds will create jobs in the county, which will help stimulate our local economy.”

For additional information about GO Bond C, including a detailed list of projects in Valencia County, visit www.nmbondc.com and click on the “My Community” tab.

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