2022 GO Bond

City Voters Approve 2022 General Obligation Bonds

Las Cruces voters approved the issuance of $23 million in General Obligation bonds for projects that include the establishment of an affordable housing trust fund, the building of a new fire station on the east mesa, park improvements, and continued improvements of the East Mesa Recreation Complex. 

Affordable Housing (Approved)

Making it Accessible. Keeping it Affordable.

$6 million will build a strong foundation and make an impact on the housing needs of the city.

The City of Las Cruces has set a goal to create 300 affordable/attainable housing units by 2025. A $6 million investment could leverage up to $36.5 Million in federal, state, and private funds to add another 175 affordable housing units to the city. This would help reduce the shortage of 5,600 affordable rental housing units.

Three Sisters Apartments Graphic Rendering

The City of Las Cruces has contracted Project Moxie to develop an Affordable Housing Investment Strategy to assist with the City’s affordable housing needs. The draft plan is currently open for public comment from December 8, 2023, to January 12, 2024. Upon receiving public feedback, we will convene with the Affordable Housing Advisory Committee to vote on the formal recommendation to the City Council. The tentative adoption of the investment strategy is scheduled for February 5th, 2024.

The Three Sisters Apartments, a 70-unit complex (see graphic rendering image above for reference), is currently under construction. It consists of 30 one-bedroom units, 20 two-bedroom units, 19 three-bedroom units, and 1 manager's unit. The apartment complex will be located at the intersection of Griggs and Walnut.

Citywide benefits to affordable/attainable housing.

Citywide, there are many benefits to having affordable and attainable housing. First, it allows for people of all ages and income levels to live in the city. This is important because it ensures that everyone has access to the same opportunities and resources that the city has to offer. Additionally, having a variety of housing options helps to strengthen the economy by providing homes for people of all stages of life. This attracts new residents and businesses to the city, which in turn helps to create jobs and grow the local economy. Affordable and attainable housing is also beneficial for seniors who want to stay in their community as they age. It allows them to maintain their independence and stay connected to their friends and neighbors. Ultimately, having affordable and attainable housing throughout the city is essential for creating a thriving community for all residents.

This is currently out for public comment.

Tentative adoption is scheduled for February 5.

New Fire Station (Approved)

Enhance Public Safety and Shorten Response Time

The new fire station will help to ensure public safety by reducing response times for emergencies.

Fire Station 9 will reduce response times for the Sonoma Ranch and Central service area. Currently, the furthest area in a potential District 9 is 11:19 with light and sirens. All other areas in the City Fire averages 8:27. With Fire Station 9 in place, the response time for the furthest area in a potential District 9 will be reduced to 3-6 minutes. This will improve public safety for all residents in the service area.

Fire Station 9 will provide extra resources to the entire Highway 70 corridor.

Having an additional fire station on Sonoma Ranch would mean that there would be less of a need for other fire crews to respond from further away, which would reduce the amount of damage to property and injury to people in medical need. Additionally, it would mean less wear and tear on other apparatus that would be responding from further away.

The estimated bid date is Spring 2024.

Parks Improvements (Approved)

Park Improvements Make Our City Better

The Parks GO Bond would mean basic improvements throughout the CIty's parks.

The following images show portions of the park that will need upgrades including a bathroom, cracked sidewalks, playground equipment and benches. 

La Llorona BathroomCracked Sidewalk

Cracked Park equipment at La Llorona ParkBent Bench at La Llorona Park

These improvements would include safety, lighting, and shade enhancements at several family favorite parks in multiple districts. 

  • La Llorona Park
    • Restroom
    • Upgrade amenities
    • Trail repair
  • Salopek/Stull Neighborhood Park
  • Tellbrook Neighborhood Park
    • Exercise equipment replacement
  • La Fonda Neighborhood Park
  • Hess Terrace Neighborhood Park

Finally, the money would be used to add shade structures on the playscapes and bollards for safety and lighting. These enhancements will make our City's parks even more enjoyable places to spend time with family and friends.

Parks are an essential part of our community.

Parks promote health and wellness. They drive programming and educational activities that impact childhood development. Parks create economic opportunity by attracting visitors and businesses. They unite people and strengthen communities by providing a common space for people to come together.

The estimated bid date is Summer 2024.

East Mesa Public Recreation Complex (Approved)

Providing Needed Improvements to Where We're Growing

The GO Bond would provide continued improvements for residents on the city’s growing east side.

The East Mesa Public Recreation Complex is a much-needed addition to the City’s park system, and the GO Bonds will help fund additional improvements to the facility. The initial phase of the project, including the installation of sport lighting, is expected to be completed in February or March of next year. This will allow for evening activities at the complex, which is great news for residents on the City’s growing east side.

The East Mesa Public Recreation Complex is a sister facility to the Hadley Sports Complex, and it will provide space for tournaments and league games. Additionally, the complex will have security lighting, which will help keep residents safe during evening events.

The East Mesa Public Recreation Complex is the City’s third community-sized park. Along with Young Park and Apodaca Park, this new facility will provide space for community events and family gatherings.

Art Station 03 Aerials Corner View

Art Station 03 Aerials

Allocating Bond Funding to Art (Approved)

A Portion of Approved Bond Capacity Used for Public Art

Per Ordinance No. 2988 (Las Cruces Municipal Code (LCMC), 1997, Chapter 2, Administration, Article V, Finance, Division 4, Two Percent For Public Art), two percent of each GO Bond purpose shall be provided for Public Art.

Two percent of the entire GO Bond capacity approved by voters, regardless of the amount, will be allocated to public art which is used for the same bond purpose. The table below shows the two percent applied to the $23 million GO Bond capacity.

Department/Division*Allocated2% of each Bond Purpose for Public Art
Total Bond Program Funding$23,000,000
Bond Purpose

Affordable Housing $6,000,000N/A
Fire Station$10,000,000$200,000*
Park Improvements$2,000,000$40,000*
East Mesa Recreation Complex Phase 2$5,000,000$100,000*

Total Bond Capacity$23,000,000$340,000*
  • Fire Station #9 - Draft of the project plan based on stakeholder meetings is almost complete. Tentative date for presenting the plan to the City Art Board is February 8.
  • A second public art project is possible with funding received. Fire station site TBD.


  • Site visit by City Art Board members is scheduled for late January, early February to determine location of public art installation.
  • Project plan in progress based on stakeholder meetings.

Park Improvements –

  • Information gathering phase in progress to determine park public art project site.

If/when appropriate, the City will host a Call for Artists. When available, the information can be found via this link.