Check Real-Time Status of City GO Bond Projects
The City of Las Cruces has established an easy, online way for the public to check the status of the General Obligation (GO) Bond projects approved by voters last summer.
“The residents of Las Cruces entrusted the City with $35.6 million in GO Bond funding to initiate life enhancing improvements in our community. So, we are proceeding with full transparency every step of the way,” said City Manager Stuart C. Ed. “On February 13th, we publicly reported the first round of bond sales totaling $18 million at lower true interest cost than anticipated, saving taxpayers approximately $40,000. I ensure that the City will move forward keeping the public fully informed throughout the entire process and this new service is a huge step in meeting that outcome.”
Using the same technology to interactively display capital improvement projects (CIP) the City rolled out in late January, the new interface provides several ways to access GO Bond details. Click on a project and the project description is available along with locations, costs, estimated start and finish times for projects, and percent completion of a project’s phase such as planning and scoping, design, and construction.
The new portal can be accessed at the home page of the City website, www.las-cruces.org, by clicking on the GO Bond Projects block that leads to the page that has directions and the projects map. A link to the final GO Bond Project Analysis PDF is included to provide anyone interested the history of the project on the public participation process, how the GO Bond projects were selected, and other details.
Like the CIP portal, the GO Bond portal provides improved transparency and customer service to Las Crucens. Anyone interested in seeing details of projects that might not be available on the portal, or has questions, is encouraged to contact the Public Works Department by phone or email at 575/528-3333, or firstname.lastname@example.org. The portal is available for greater convenience to the public.
“We have worked with many governmental organizations on bond programs,” said Mel Herrera, president of ECM International Inc., the management firm the City contracted to oversee the bond program. “But we have seldom worked for a client that has such solid processes in place. When we began our program management contract, we were pleasantly surprised that sound budgets were in place, that City of Las Cruces associates had already thought of potential challenges, and that strong customer-service communication tools were already established. It has been great to collaborate with such a responsive organization.”
In a special mail-ballot election held between July 24 and August 21, 2018, Las Cruces voters approved four GO Bond questions totaling $35.6 million:
- Shall the City issue general obligation bonds, payable from property taxes, in an amount up to $16,900,000 to construct improvements to parks, including sports fields and other related facilities? Approved 57%
- Shall the City issue general obligation bonds, payable from property taxes, in an amount up to $9,800,000 to construct a new animal shelter facility and related improvements? Approved 67%
- Shall the City issue general obligation bonds, payable from property taxes, in an amount up to $6,200,000 to construct replacement fire station facilities for Fire Station 3 (at 390 N. Valley Drive), including acquisition of necessary land?
- Shall the City issue general obligation bonds, payable from property taxes, in an amount up to $2,700,000 to construct and improve recreational walking, jogging, and biking trails, including acquisition of necessary land? Approved 58%