Rio Rancho, NM – February 26, 2024: The Rio Rancho Regional Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors proudly endorses three important bond proposals on the upcoming March 5th ballot. These initiatives, totaling $16 million, represent critical investments in the city’s infrastructure, public safety, and quality of life, directly impacting the well-being of residents and businesses. The three bonds once approved would not result in a tax increase.

Addressing Key Priorities:

  • Roads: Rio Rancho’s growing population and expanding footprint has led to a priority of rebuilding and paving the city’s existing road network. Regular maintenance and reconstruction are essential to ensure safe and efficient transportation. The Road Bond allocates $10.6 million to pave the way for improved mobility, featuring projects like Lema Rd., 19th Ave., and Safelite Blvd. upgrades.
  • Public Safety: Effective protection and emergency response are paramount to New Mexico and the communities continued investment has led Rio Rancho to maintaining is safety record. The Public Safety Bond designates $4.2 million for replacing aging fire engines, ladder trucks, police vehicles, and crisis negotiation team vehicles, enhancing the capacity of first responders to serve Rio Rancho residents.
  • Quality of Life: Parks, libraries, and recreational facilities contribute significantly to Rio Rancho’s vibrancy and appeal. The Quality-of-Life Facilities Bond earmarks $1.2 million for enriching these experiences. This includes investments in library resources, Star Heights Park basketball court improvements, and Vista Sandia Park playground upgrades.

“The Chamber firmly believes these bond proposals represent a sound investment in Rio Rancho’s future,” stated Nico Ortiz, Chairman of the Rio Rancho Regional Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors. “By supporting these initiatives, we ensure safe roads, a well-equipped public safety department, and attractive community spaces that benefit both residents and businesses alike. We urge all voters to learn more about these important upgrades and cast their ballots in favor of these crucial bond proposals.”

Call to Action:

The Rio Rancho Regional Chamber of Commerce encourages all community members to visit the City of Rio Rancho website: to access detailed information on each bond proposal. Informed participation is crucial to ensure Rio Rancho continues to thrive. 

Together, let’s vote YES on March 5th and continue to pave the way for Rio Rancho!

For further information, please contact:

Jerry Schalow


Rio Rancho Regional Chamber of Commerce

Phone: 505-892-1533