Nearly one hundred senior citizen facilities across New Mexico will see a variety of upgrades and new construction if state voters in November approve Bond Question A, otherwise known as the Senior Citizens Facilities Bond Issue.
The bond proposal was originally passed as Senate Bill 207 by the New Mexico State Legislature earlier this year to be put on the state ballot for November.
The bond will provide $33.3 million in facility project funding, pared down by the New Mexico Aging and Long Term Services Department from an initial price tag of $78 million for 164 individual projects.
Among the larger projects: $4.7 million for the construction of the Hillcrest Senior Center in Clovis; and the $2.8 million construction of a new center in Pueblo Pintado.
Some $3.6 million is slated for improvements to the Mary Esther Gonzales Senior Center in Santa Fe; and $974,000 for planning, design, and construction work at the Munson Senior Center in Las Cruces.
Another $880,000 will go for code improvements to the Crownpoint Chapter Senior Center in the northwestern New Mexico town of Crownpoint, with $359,000 for renovations to Albuquerque’s Highland Senior Center.
Bond A also proposes to fund more than a dozen senior center facility construction and upgrade projects in the Navajo Nation, ranging in amount from the $22,000 for the Baca Senior Center in Prewitt to the $1.6 million for the Mariano Lake Senior Center, 29 miles to the east of Gallup.
By Garry Boulard
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