Voters’ Guide

Bernalillo County Questions

Bernalillo County
Bonds and Ballot Questions

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General Obligation Bonds and Taxes

A bond represents a sum of money borrowed by a government to finance 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. That is, the bonds are backed by the full faith and credit of the county.

Bernalillo County is asking voters to authorize the issuance of General Obligation bonds for the 2016 bond cycle (years 2016-2017) totaling $36,225,000. Bonds 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 funds must be used for the approved purposes only.

General Obligation bonds require approval by the voters and are repaid from a portion of the property taxes. The owner of property assessed at $150,000 would pay $11.33 in debt service on bonds. Because old bonds are being retired as the new bonds are requested, pas-sage of the bonds will generally not result in property tax increases.

Bond Question 1.
Library Bonds

Shall Bernalillo County, New Mexico, issue $1,500,000 of its general obligation bonds to purchase and equip library materials and library resources for the libraries within Bernalillo County, New Mexico, said bonds to be payable from general (ad valorum) taxes to be issued and sold at such times, upon such terms and conditions as the Board of County Commissioners may determine as permitted by law?

Bond Question 2.
Public Safety Facilities and Other County Buildings Bonds

Shall Bernalillo County, New Mexico, issue $8,360,000 of its general obligation bonds to plan, design, upgrade, construct, equip and otherwise improve, and to acquire property for, County facilities, including fire station, law enforcement, animal welfare and library facilities throughout the County, including necessary remodeling of facilities, construction and improvements required by the Americans with Disabilities Act, said bonds to be payable from general (ad valorum) taxes to be issued and sold at such times, upon such terms and conditions as the Board of County Commissioners may determine as permitted by law?

Bond Question 3.
Parks and Recreation Bonds

Shall Bernalillo County, New Mexico, issue $5,455,000 of its general obligation bonds to plan, design, upgrade, construct, equip and otherwise improve, and to acquire property for, County park and recreational facilities, including necessary remodeling of facilities, construction and improvements required by the Americans with Disabilities Act, said bonds to be payable from general (ad valorum) taxes to be issued and sold at such times, upon such terms and conditions as the Board of County Commissioners may determine as permitted by law?

Bond Question 4.
Transportation Bonds

Shall Bernalillo County, New Mexico, issue $12,650,000 of its general obligation bonds to plan, design, upgrade, construct, equip and otherwise improve, and to acquire property for, County roads and non- motor vehicle pathways, as well as transit projects within the County, said bonds to be payable from general (ad valorum) taxes to be issued and sold at such times, upon such terms and conditions as the Board of County Commissioners may determine as permitted by law?

Bond Question 5.
Storm Drainage and Utilities Bonds

Shall Bernalillo County, New Mexico, issue $5,800,000 of its general obligation bonds to plan, design, upgrade, construct, equip and otherwise improve, and to acquire property for, necessary storm, sewer, wastewater, water and fiber optic systems within the County, said bonds to be payable from general (ad valorum) taxes to be issued and sold at such times, upon such terms and conditions as the Board of County Commissioners may determine as permitted by law?

Bond Question 6.
Public Housing Bonds

Shall Bernalillo County, New Mexico, issue $2,500,000 of its general obligation bonds to plan, design, upgrade, construct, rehabilitate, equip and otherwise improve, and to acquire property for, County owned affordable housing for low-income families and disabled or indigent individuals, including necessary remodeling of facilities, construction and improvements required by the Americans with Disabilities Act, said bonds to be payable from general (ad valorum) taxes to be issued and sold at such times, upon such terms and conditions as the Board of County Commissioners may determine as permitted by law?



Bernalillo County
Ballot Questions

Support or Opposition to ART

A non-binding question of support or opposition to giving voters registered within the City of Albuquerque's municipal limits the opportunity to vote in the future on the City of Albuquerque's Rapid Transit Project (ART).

Are you in favor of giving voters residing in the City of Albuquerque municipal limits the chance to vote in support or opposition to the proposed Albuquerque Rapid Transit Project?

UNM Hospital Mill Levy

Bernalillo County voters will be asked to renew a mil levy on property that supports the University of New Mexico Hospital. The mil levy brings in about $93 million annually. The tax amounts to about $213 a year on a home valued at $100,000, or about $320 for a $150,000 home.

Shall the County of Bernalillo continue to impose a tax levy of Six and Four-Tenths (6.4) mils each year for a maximum of eight (8) years on each dollar of net taxable value of property in Bernalillo County, New Mexico, for the operation and maintenance of the University of New Mexico Hospital?

Proposed Home Rule Urban Charter
for Bernalillo County

Bernalillo County is asking voters to consider approval of a home rule charter for the county. Home rule would allow the county to replace state financial requirements in areas such as procurement with requirements approved by the Bernalillo County Commission and formally endorsed by Bernalillo County voters. It would also allow for alterations in requirements for elected officials. For example, the Bernalillo County Commission could decide to expand the number of commissioners. If voters endorsed that action in an election, no state approval would be needed.

Shall the County of Bernalillo, New Mexico establish a Home Rule Urban County by adoption of a Charter under Article X, Section 10, Urban Counties, of the New Mexico Constitution, empowering the Citizens of the County to exercise the maximum degree of self-government and exercise all powers of governing the County independently not denied expressly by State law?


Albuquerque Metropolitan Arroyo Flood Control Authority
(AMAFCA)

AMAFCA is the local governmental agency responsible for planning, construction and maintenance of the major flood control facilities in the greater Albuquerque area.

AMAFCA was created in 1963 by the State Legislature to be the local agency mandated with the single purpose of flood control within its boundaries, which include most of the developed area of Bernalillo County, with the exceptions of the East Mountain area.

AMAFCA has taxing authority and is funded through its mil levy assessment on property tax bills. AMAFCA has an operating budget of approximately $4 million per year that funds the operation and maintenance of the flood control system.

Additionally, AMAFCA issues bonds to fund its capital program. This election, a $25,000,000 bond authorization is sought to fund construction of flood control and storm water quality projects throughout the AMAFCA district and to ensure compliance with Environmental Protection Act standards. Voting for the bonds will not raise property taxes, due to the retirement of previously issued bonds. For specific projects to be funded by this bond issue, please see www.amafca.org

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?