The Alibi endorses all bonds proposed on the ballot. This year, all bonds are General Obligation (GO). Bonds are debt the city incurs for capital improvement projects. When a city takes out a bond, it promises to pay the balance back in full with interest. None of these bonds will increase property taxes. Here's what you're being asked to vote for.
Total proposed cost: $159,940,000
$8,444,000 to go to police and fire department facilities.
Senior, Family, Community Center and Community Enhancement Project
$22,736,000 for city-owned community centers, including those for youth, senior citizens, families and economic development, as well as community enhancement projects.
Parks and Recreation
$34,405,000 to maintain and/or create parks, swimming pools, tennis courts, open space, bikeways, Bosque, medians and trails.
Energy and Water Conservation, Public Facilities and System Modernization
$16,257,000 to modernize public buildings and facilities as well as make them more water- and energy-efficient.
$5,101,000 for books, media and equipment for public libraries.
$31,435,000 for roads, medians, trails, pedestrian areas, bikeways, railroad crossings and bridges. Includes $4 million for the reconstruction of Lead and Coal.
$7,828,000 to keep the city's already existing public transit system operating. Includes funds for things like bus shelters, park and rides, equipment upgrades, etc.
Storm Sewer System
$13,837,000 for storm drainage improvements and other things that help keep our city from flooding when it rains.
Zoo, Biological Park, Museum and Cultural Facility
$9,797,000 for repairs and updates to the zoo, BioPark, KiMo Theatre and Albuquerque Museum.
$10,100,000 to help create permanent, quality, affordable housing for working families, including affordable senior rentals.