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Capital outlay hearings scheduled


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A series of legislative hearings to obtain citizen and community comments for state legislative capital outlay funding has been announced by the Southeastern New Mexico Economic Development District/Council of Governments.

The hearings will be held throughout the five-county region covered by the Development District and will take place in Alamogordo, Lovington and Roswell. Local governments, community-based nonprofit organizations and others seeking help to acquire funding assistance for capital construction or equipment projects from the New Mexico Legislature should attend the hearing in their county.

“It is critical that those seeking capital outlay funding assistance attend one of the meetings,” said Hubert Quintana, a consultant with the development district.

Those seeking funding will meet with their local legislators to discuss their funding needs and the reasons to have the state assist with the proposed project. The proposed projects must have a project of life of at least 10 years and cost no less than $25,000. Capital outlay projects that are approved by the Legislature and governor will be funded by state-issued general obligation bonds, severance tax bonds or general fund bonds.

The hearings are scheduled as follows:

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Otero/Lincoln County, Nov. 13, 10 a.m., Otero County Administration Building, 1101 N. New York Ave., Alamogordo.

Eddy/Lea County, Nov. 14, 10 a.m., Lovington City Hall, 214 S. Love St., Lovington.

Chaves County, Nov. 19, 9 a.m., Chaves County Administration Building, 1 St. Mary’s Place, Roswell.

The Southeastern New Mexico Economic Development District/Council of Governments is the areawide planning organization serving Chaves, Eddy, Lea, Lincoln and Otero counties and the 21 municipalities within the five counties.

For application forms to request capital outlay funding, interested parties may call 575-624-6131 or email qanda.inc@outlook.com.

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