Huge Victories for Libraries in New Mexico Bond Elections
By Joe Sabatini
Library bond issues were successful statewide in the 2012 New Mexico General Election. State General Obligation Bond B, providing $9.7 million for public, academic, public school and tribal libraries passed by an unofficial margin of 160,506 votes. With 413,419 yes votes and 253,134 no votes, Bond B won with 62.0% in favor, 9.6 percentage points higher than attained by library bond issue B in 2010. This was accomplished through higher margins in all but five counties, with the greatest margin gains in Curry, Guadalupe, Hidalgo, Lea and Quay Counties. In four of the five counties where Bond B was defeated, the yes vote was still at 49%. The lowest county for support was from Catron County, at 40%, but this was still 4.5% better than in 2010. Taos was the banner county for support at 72% yes, followed by McKinley County at 70.3%
To read the entire article visit the NMLA Newsletter Website.
For unofficial results click here to access the NM Secretary of State Website!
Visit Bonds For Libraries for more information and how NM Libraries advocated for the GO Bond.
Thank you to everyone who supported and helped advocate for GO Bond B! A big thanks to the Bonds For Libraries SIG for getting the packets together and making sure libraries recieved them. Thanks to all who donated as well!
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