March 27, 2012
ASUNM is pleased to announce that Governor Susana Martinez approved our capital outlay request for safety lighting on campus.
Each semester, the UNM Dean of Students Office provides a Campus Safety Walk and this last fall an area northwest of Zimmerman Library was identified as an area requiring improved campus safety lighting. This is due to the fact that the library’s hours were extended to 2:00 a.m. ASUNM believes that an important aspect of a student’s campus experience involves their safety. We requested $100,000 in capital outlay funds was to help alleviate this need for campus safety lighting.
Capital outlays are funds that help improve the physical property that the public use including roads, museums, playgrounds, schools, and hospitals. In New Mexico, state capital outlay is authorized by the Legislature and generally is nonrecurring – one-time – money. ASUNM's capital outlay request will be funded through severance tax bonds. Severance tax bonds generally are repaid with revenue from taxes on oil, gas, coal and other natural resources “severed” from the land.
ASUNM would like to thank Senator Cisco McSorley for sponsoring the capital outlay request in addition to the UNM Office of Government and Community Relations for being a helpful resource to us during the 2012 Legislative Session.