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Portales library looks for Bond B funding

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General Obligation Bond B provides funding for academic, public, school and tribal libraries. Voters can approve or disapprove during the Nov. 4 election.

In all, libraries will receive $10.8 million if voters approve the semiannual request.

If voters say no, property taxes will decrease by 65 cents a year for the owner of a $100,000 home, according to the New Mexico Secretary of State Office officials.

Bond B would provide Clovis-Carver Public Library with $68,597.86 if approved, funds allocated by the New Mexico Public Library based on several factors including population.

Librarian Margaret Hinchee said if the bond passes it would help the library buy more books, magazines and even electronic books.

“If the bond passes, it shows a commitment and approval of our community allowing us to keep our collection up to date,” Hinchee said.

Portales Public Library would receive $30,381.66.

Director Denise Burnett said the money has been a “godsend” for the community the years it’s been approved.

“It really helps when we get the funding and helps out the city budget as well,” Burnett said.

If the bond passes, Burnett said the funds will go to upgrading the public access computers, which are used regularly. Burnett said the cost of maintaining and keeping up-to-date the library’s 33 computers is a challenge.

“Those computers are so heavily used, we know it’s important for our community,” Burnett said.

Other libraries that will benefit are Eastern New Mexico University’s Golden Library and Clovis Community College’s library.

ENMU President Steve Gamble said Bond B will even help out the library at the Portales Public Schools.

“It will be a great thing for our community and our own library,” Gamble said.

ENMU will receive $126,492 for its library if GO Bond B passes.

Clovis Community College would see $29,670.

CCC President Becky Rowley said it’s important for the community to keep our libraries up to date and well stocked with books.