Voters to decide on several bond issues

Local Elections

Several bond issues appear on the ballot Tuesday.

Voters in Bernalillo County will decide on $8.5 million for transportation which would go to improve and construct roads, sidewalks, and bridges like the Sunport Boulevard extension from Broadway to I-25.

Constitutional amendment one on the ballot could give the legislature power to choose which court would hear appeals of cases. A breakdown from the secretary of state’s office shows it could reduce the caseload in an already backed up district court while some against say it might not make the current process any faster.

Voters will also decide on another $16.7 million to improve public safety buildings. That would include money for a new training facility and at least $3.5 million to build a new chamber for county commissioners.

Also on the ballot will be a question asking if New Mexico should form an ethics commission to keep elected officials in line. The amendment would establish a bi-partisan state ethics commission that would have the power to investigate claims against elected officials and other government workers. Those for it say it would benefit investigations into corruption. Some senators fear it could be used as a political weapon.

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