General Obligation Bond D Will Provide $6,000,000 To WNMU for Completion of Harlan Hall Renovations

A Western New Mexico University biology student examines specimens in Harlan Hall, which houses WNMU’s natural science labs and which would be improved if General Obligation Bond D passes.

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This November, voters in Grant, Luna, Hidalgo and Catron counties will be asked to invest in the state’s public colleges, universities and specialty schools. General Obligation Bond D (referred to as GO Bond D) is asking voters to approve more than $128 million for needed renovations, upgrades and improvements.

Voting on GO Bond D will not increase property taxes.

In Silver City, approval of Bond D will mean an allocation of $6,000,000 for Western New Mexico University, which will fund the completion of the Harlan Hall renovation project. The university is upgrading the existing but outdated natural science department facilities.

“GO Bond D is the primary source of funding that Western New Mexico University has to re-invest in our historic buildings and modernize facilities. By upgrading technology and improving safety, we give our students experiences that will help them contribute positively toward a better New Mexico future,” WNMU President Dr. Joseph Shepard said. “Additionally, the bonds provide direct economic development for our area as various companies are hired to complete WNMU projects.”

These voter-approved funds are crucial to ensuring our schools remain competitive and are able to attract the best and brightest students and faculty as well as provide a quality education.

Passage of Bond D is also estimated to create 60 jobs in Grant County in construction, architecture and related fields, adding to our community’s economic development and gross receipts tax revenue.

Voting on GO Bond D will invest more than $128 million into our state’s colleges, universities and specialty schools, doing so without increasing the burden on New Mexico’s taxpayers.

Absentee voting begins on October 9. Early voting begins on October 20, and Election Day is Tuesday, November 6, with polls open for in-person voting from 7 a.m. – 7 p.m.

For additional information about General Obligation Bond D, including a detailed list of projects and schools throughout New Mexico, visit

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