Letter from President Fries on GO Bond C

Voters who turn out for the general election this fall will be asked to decide on a higher education bond initiative on the statewide ballot – General Obligation Bond C.

Without increasing our property taxes, General Obligation Bond C sets aside $10 million for our community for capital improvements at New Mexico Highlands University and Luna Community College. This money will create local jobs and boost our local economy.

At New Mexico Highlands University, funding from Bond C will help us continue to restore the Trolley Building on 12th and San Francisco. The building is truly one of Las Vegas’ important historic treasures. The university has begun work stabilizing the stone building, and we look forward to continuing the project. When it is complete, the building will be the new home of our Media Arts Department, which has received statewide acclaim for its work in museums and cultural institutions across the state.

Bond C will help Luna Community College plan, design, renovate and purchase equipment for its vocational education complex.

In addition, these capital improvements will require materials to implement and complete the projects. Those who perform the work will purchase other goods and services in our community, infusing money into our economy and further stimulating economic development and job growth.

Even though the November 2012 general election will undoubtedly be dominated by national and state races, it is important that voters take time to cast their vote on this crucial bond issue, which will appear on the back side of of a long ballot.

Absentee voting lasts through Nov. 2, 2012. Early voting is scheduled from Oct. 20-Nov. 3, and polls are open from 7 a.m.-7 p.m. on Election Day, Tuesday, November 6, 2012.

A complete list of proposed projects is included at www.EducationBondC.com.

Jim Fries, Highlands University President