Support of Proposed SRMC Tax Levy
The University of New Mexico Sandoval Regional Medical Center (SRMC) is requesting a 1.9 mill, eight-year tax levy, before the voters on November 6, 2018. The SRMC requests said tax levy to provide operational funding for the following essential services in high demand within Sandoval County and the region:
- Behavioral Health Services Unit
- Level III Trauma Center
In addition to these two essential programs that will be funded by the tax levy and based at SRMC, other developments have been added to the Health Sciences Campus beyond the proposed tax levy including:
- Full occupation of UNM Health Sciences Center-Rio Rancho (old UNM-West) with health sciences-related programs involving behavioral health, medical assistants, and nursing programs.
- The relocation of all UNM Health System orthopod surgeries to SRMC.
- The further development of the UNM Health Sciences Campus in Rio Rancho, including the addition of programs supported by the proposed tax levy, will greatly enhance the efforts of SEA to attract Life Sciences employers – a targeted sector – to Rio Rancho and Sandoval County creating new quality jobs, wages and economic impact.
In consideration of these factors, the Sandoval Economic Alliance Board of Directors fully endorses and supports the passage of the University of New Mexico Sandoval Regional Medical Center 1.9 Mills, eight- year Tax Levy before the voters on November 6, 2018 supporting new programs operating expenses. The SEA Board of Directors further encourages UNM Health Sciences to move forward with the construction of a second classroom/laboratory building and nursing school on the Health Sciences Campus utilizing the City Gross Receipts Tax set aside for infrastructure and building construction on the Campus.