Bond Election 2014

On Tuesday, February 4, 2014, a special school district election will be held with the Deming Public School District (the “District”) to ask voters to authorize the issuance of up to $27 million of additional general obligation bonds.

Deming Public Schools is appreciative of the support from Luna County voters, and we hope you will vote for the bond election on Tuesday, February 4.

The Bond Projects

The bond proceeds will be used to fund two major projects.  The largest project will be the rebuild of the high school at a total estimated cost of $73,500,000.  Of this amount, $21,750,000 will come from bond proceeds and the remaining $51,750,000 will be funded through a state grant.

The second project will replace the Deming Intermediate School at a new location at a projected cost of $17,700,000, of which $5,250,000 will come from the bond proceeds with the remaining $12,450,000 funded through a state grant.

The state grants are contingent on voter approval of this bond election. 

Will Approval of the Bonds Affect My Tax Bill?

No, the new bonds will not affect tax bills because the new bonds will be issued in such amounts and such times to maintain a stable tax rate.  The District strives to maintain a stable tax rate over time, but some minor fluctuations may occur largely due to uneven growth in the tax base and tax receipts.

Who May Vote

All registered, qualified voters residing within Luna County are allowed to vote.

Please note that registration for this election closes at 5:00 p.m. on Tuesday, January 7, 2014.  If you are not already a registered voter, you must register before the registration closing date.  Please contact the Luna County Clerk’s office at 546-0491 for registration instructions.  

Voting Locations

This election will use Voting Convenience Centers.  This means that you may vote at any of the following locations on February 4, 2014.

Mimbres Valley Learning Center
2300 E. Pine
Deming, NM

Holy Family Parish Hall
615 S. Copper Street
Deming, NM

Columbus Village Library 
112 West Broadway
Columbus, NM

Absentee and Early Voting

Absentee ballots may be obtained from the Luna County Clerk, 700 S. Silver Ave., Deming, NM or by mail from P.O. Box 1838, Deming, NM 88031-1838.  In-person absentee voting will be permitted during the regular office hours of the Luna County Clerk, commencing on Friday, January 10, 2014, at 8:00 a.m. and continuing through Friday, January 31, 2014, at 5:00 p.m.

Why do you need new school buildings?

The state-mandated adequacy standards for school buildings have changed since Deming High School and Deming Intermediate School were built. The standards for security, room temperature, technology and handicap accessibility have changed significantly over the last 50 years.

Why can’t you remodel the current schools?

It would cost nearly as much to remodel as to replace the buildings, and with renovation we will be left with the structural deficiencies.

Will my taxes go up?

The bond election won’t raise the property tax rate portion used for schools, but the length of time needed to pay off bonds will be extended.

Why did the School Board choose that site for the new Intermediate School?

The School Board selected the location based upon several factors. One factor was an evaluation by a professional firm who evaluated 7 sites using the State’s recommended key attributes. Student safety, traffic patterns, and ease of construction are some of the key attributes.

Why are you renovating the old Smith School?

It is being renovated to be used as offices for District Special Education staff since Smith School has been deemed not adequate for students by the State. Currently there are 709 students receiving Special Ed. services. Funding is coming from 2-mill levy approved by voters in 2013.

Additional Information

If you have additional questions about the election, please call or write: 

Mrs. Harvielee Moore, Superintendent
Deming Public Schools
1001 S. Diamond
Deming, NM 88030