VOTERS SUPPORT BOND B AND OTHER LIBRARY BONDS BY LARGE MARGINS
By Joe Sabatini and Olivia Baca
Library bond issues were successful statewide in the 2014
New Mexico General Election. State General Obligation Bond B, providing $10.8
million for public, academic, public school and tribal libraries passed by an
unofficial margin of 115,211 votes. With 280,177 yes votes and 164,966 no
votes, Bond B won with 62.9% in favor, 0.9 percentage points higher than
attained by library bond issue B in 2012. This progress was accomplished
through higher margins in all but ten counties, with the greatest margin gains
Bond B showed the second-highest level of support among the three state bond issues; the $17 million senior citizen facilities bond (A) received 64.9%, with library bond (B) at 62.9%. Bond C, providing $141 million for higher education facilities, passed with a 59.8% yes vote. These are unofficial totals, which will be updated when the State Canvassing Board meets later this month.
In Bernalillo County, library bonds providing $1.8 million
to the Albuquerque Bernalillo County Library System passed by a vote of 114,683
yes to 40,313 no, a 74% margin. This margin exceeded the 2013 City of
community was mobilized to support Bond B through the activities of the Bonds
for Libraries Special Interest Group (SIG). Under the chairmanship of Olivia
Baca, the SIG met periodically to promote the legislation, raise funds, prepare
and distribute campaign materials and place advertising. The SIG used a variety of media to promote
passage of Bond B to both library allies and voters who may not use libraries.
The SIG website, bondsforlibraires.org, provided updates on the status of the
legislation and outreach projects. A
radio spot ran on KMGA and KANW leading up to Election Day, in September and
October 2014. Other outreach efforts
included bookmarks, window clings, buttons and “shelfies”, photos
of library supporters taken with a library card or library book. The photos were distributed through social
media, including Facebook and Twitter. A
display ad was also placed on the state’s leading political blog,
“New Mexico Politics with Joe Monahan.”. Bond B was endorsed by the
Albuquerque Journal and other newspapers around the state. Our increased level
of support in a generally conservative and low turnout election demonstrates
The city funding cycle will begin in the fall of 2014. Check here for information about how you can help later this year.
This year’s state bond proposals include funding for ABC Library projects and materials. Governor Martinez is considering the proposal. Please consider contacting her office at http://www.governor.state.nm.us/Contact_the_Governor.aspx to indicate your support for library funding.