By Daniel Montaño, Senior Reporter | Pictures courtesy of nmpolitics.net, joemonahansnewmexico.blogspot.com, abqjournal.com
Election day is almost upon Albuquerque yet again, and The Chronicle has gathered information on the Mayoral candidates and the 10 general obligation bonds that voters can expect to see on the Oct. 8 ballot.
According to a recent poll, 15 percent of voters do not yet know which candidate they will vote for, which could be problematic because the incoming mayor must receive at least 50 percent of the vote in order to enter into office, according to cabq.gov.
If no candidate receives 50 percent of the vote, the top two will go head-to-head in a runoff election in November, according cabq.gov.
A general obligation bond is money that Albuquerque borrows and pays back with interest within 13 years using money gained from property taxes; however the bonds on this year’s ballot will not require a property tax increase, according to cabq.gov.
$11,565,000 for Police and Fire departments to repair existing and purchase new vehicles, buildings and land.
$10,429,000 to repair and revitalize community centers, build community projects and general economic development projects.
Parks and recreation:
$12,544,000 to build new and revitalize current parks and the equipment within them such as tennis courts, playgrounds and more.
Energy and water conservation:
$12,853,000 to upgrade public buildings to be more water and energy efficient.
$5,798,000 to buy new books and other media for and otherwise repair and update city libraries.
$39,085,000 to construct new roads, bridges and sidewalks and repair existing ones. Note that the Paseo and I-25 interchange project has already passed, so this bond money will be used elsewhere.
$5,555,000 to improve and maintain public transit.
$2,525,000 to the Workforce Housing Act, which will construct facilities to house low and moderate income families and provide cheap rentals for seniors.
All information sourced from cabq.gov, mayorberry.com, petedinelli.com, heh4abq. com, abqjournal.com, koat.com, kob.com, krqe. com, bizjournals.com, ourcampaigns.com, The New Mexico Attorney General’s office (nmag. com), the New Mexico Foundation For Open Government (nmfog.com), the Bernalillo County Clerk’s office (bernco. gov/clerk) and the press releases contained therein.