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$9.9 million in capital outlay spending projected

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Chaves County communities anticipate funding for a range of projects, purchases

Communities in Chaves County are projected to get $9.9 million in funding for capital outlay projects, according to a list provided by state Rep. Phelps Anderson, R-Roswell.

The New Mexico Legislature had passed Senate Bill 280 (SB 280) before they adjourned March 16, which appropriated a total of $933,026,215 for capital outlay projects statewide.

Capital Outlay funds are non-recurring — one time payments — used to build, equip, maintain and furnish physical property utilized by the public, according to the website of the New Mexico Legislative Fiscal Outlay Division.

Money for capital outlay is traditionally distributed between the governor and both legislative chambers. Shares of the portion that goes to the Legislature are then divided, with each lawmaker getting a portion for eligible projects within their respective district.

Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham has until April 5 to sign the bill, and the governor does have the power to veto individual items while signing the bill, so the level of funding for projects in the bill is not guaranteed, Anderson said.

Hubert Quintana, executive director of the Southeastern New Mexico Economic Development District, said that with this year’s budget surplus, a lot more funding is available for projects.

“There is a lot more money than last year,” Quintana said.

He estimated that last year, members of the House each got about $750,000 and Senators about $1.2 million. This year though each House member will receive about $2 million and each senator a little more than $3 million for capital outlay projects.

The city of Roswell will receive $3.2 million for five projects or purchases, according to the list provided by Anderson. Projects will include $783,250 to reconstruct a portion of South Main Street, and $800,000 to construct a bridge on Lea Avenue and West Deming Street.

Roswell is also expected to receive $750,000 to replace valves on city waterlines; $450,000 for the installation of a splash pad at Carpenter Park and $516,000 for improvements to the General Douglas L. McBride Veteran’s Cemetery, which is located within the South Park Cemetery.

Eastern New Mexico University-Roswell (ENMU-R) is anticipated to receive $90,000 for media labs; $100,000 to purchase mannequins and $1.2 million for electrical supplies and improvements.

The New Mexico Military Institute is slated to get $500,000 for security equipment, according to the list and $41,000 for an information technology backup system.

Chaves County is expected to receive a total of $1.2 million, with $569,000 going for improvements of Hobson Road. A project to construct two bridges on Red Bridge Road is estimated to receive $125,000; another $150,000 will go toward constructing and equipping an exercise track and the Sierra Volunteer Fire Department will receive $400,000 for a water tanker. A project to replace windows in the Chaves County Courthouse will receive $450,000.

The Southeastern New Mexico Veterans Transportation Network is estimated to receive $200,000, with half going to new vans, according to the list.

Dexter is slated to receive $288,000 for the construction of docks on Lake Van, according to the list.

Hagerman is predicted to get a total of $1 million for purchases and projects. According to the list, the community will receive $500,000 to replace sewer lines; $350,000 to buy a sewer truck; $42,000 for another truck and $195,000 to construct sidewalks that are in compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act.

Lake Arthur is projected to get $300,000 for a vacuum truck, $50,000 for a heavy duty truck and $60,000 for the purchase of another truck, according to the list.

Lake Arthur Schools are also expected to receive $400,000 for improvements — plus $150,000 for upgrades to a track; $240,000 for a school activity bus and $140,000 for school bleachers, according to the list.

Southeastern New Mexico Economic Development District is expected to receive $40,000 for a vehicle purchase.

Breaking news reporter Alex Ross can be reached at 575-622-7710, ext. 301, or at breakingnews@rdrnews.com.