City Council adds almost $1M for children's programs to budget - Albuquerque Journal

City Council adds almost $1M for children’s programs to budget

Copyright © 2018 Albuquerque Journal

Albuquerque city councilors on Monday approved a nearly $1 million budget amendment for children’s programs in the fiscal 2019 budget.

The budget amendment includes funding for a middle school soccer league, after-school clubs and at-risk youth summer hires through the Family and Community Services Department, as well as new programs through the Cultural Services and the Parks and Recreation departments.

The vote was 8-1 with Councilor Diane Gibson casting the lone vote in opposition to the amendment, which also took away $200,000 for the Safe City Strike Force board-ups and demolition program she was supporting.

The Committee of the Whole, which consists of all nine councilors acting as a committee, which by city ordinance considers the budget proposed by the mayor, originally declined to fund the programs when they submitted their version of the budget Thursday, citing a lack of planning time to institute those new programs.

After considering other committee-submitted amendments, the council unanimously approved the 2019 operating budget of around $577 million in general fund appropriations. The total budget, including enterprise funds, will approach $1 billion.

The approved budget retains Mayor Tim Keller’s funding proposals for public safety.

Spending in the budget includes:

• About $2 million for recruiting new officers for the next fiscal year.

• $2.3 million for compliance with a settlement agreement reached between the city and the Department of Justice regarding police use of force.

• $1.9 million to address a backlog of more than 4,000 untested rape kits.

• $1.8 million for the Property Crime Reduction program.

• $15 million in affordable housing contracts.

• $8.2 million in homeless services.

• $5.7 million in mental health and substance abuse contracts.

• $18.2 million for homeless and behavioral health programs.

Councilor Ken Sanchez said the city still maintains a goal of hiring more police officers with funding placed on reserve in the budget.

“We budgeted for 1,040 officers,” Sanchez told fellow councilors. “I know it’s going to be difficult to obtain that number during this upcoming fiscal year, but I believe the public is demanding that we increase those numbers. I think it’s going to be paramount that the most important issue facing the city today is public safety. If we have a safe city, we will have a prosperous city.”

The Albuquerque Police Department now has about 850 officers.

Keller said when he submitted his proposed budget that his goal was to double the participation in before- and after-school and summer programs for children.

“City Council stepped up and passed the resources for our top priorities – public safety, opportunities for our kids and local jobs,” Keller said in a statement late Monday. “Tonight, we came together as one Albuquerque to help make our community more safe, innovative and inclusive.”

The council’s budget proposal added about $1.5 million in additional public safety spending, including $125,000 for Safe City Strike Force code enforcement specialists, $360,000 for Albuquerque Street Connect, $300,000 in additional funding for Safe City Strike Force board-ups and demolitions, $225,000 for Heading Home vouchers, $114,000 for mobile cameras for parks security, $100,000 for contractual parks security and $75,000 to begin land banking for vacant and abandoned buildings.

Home » News » Albuquerque News » City Council adds almost $1M for children’s programs to budget


Albuquerque Journal and its reporters are committed to telling the stories of our community.

• Do you have a question you want someone to try to answer for you? Do you have a bright spot you want to share?
   We want to hear from you. Please email yourstory@abqjournal.com

taboola desktop

1
Lawmakers discuss new oversight for NM prisons
ABQnews Seeker
Hefty legal settlements over past year ... Hefty legal settlements over past year draw attention, calls for action
2
'Our new Santa': Good Samaritan gifts bike after clothing ...
ABQnews Seeker
Crime occurred Tuesday night at Northeast ... Crime occurred Tuesday night at Northeast Albuquerque nonprofit
3
Fifth-year senior 'Uncle Mo' Udeze mentors his Lobo freshman ...
ABQnews Seeker
'He’s definitely the big dog in ... 'He’s definitely the big dog in the house,' says one roomie Donovan Dent
4
Inmates train pups that don't get adopted
ABQnews Seeker
The program is a win-win solution ... The program is a win-win solution for both humans and canines
5
Public weighs in on Mayor Tim Keller’s sweeping zoning ...
ABQnews Seeker
The legislation seeks to grow the ... The legislation seeks to grow the city’s housing stock with development ordinance amendments enabling greater density
6
Katy Duhigg in line to lead Rules Committee
ABQnews Seeker
She will fill a vacancy created ... She will fill a vacancy created with Sen. Daniel Ivey-Soto gave up the post
7
Grant expected to expand high-speed internet across the state
ABQnews Seeker
'We don't want to miss any ... 'We don't want to miss any opportunity,' Gov. Lujan Grisham said.
8
Hospitals continue to get battered by viruses
ABQnews Seeker
Officials say conditions warrant a return ... Officials say conditions warrant a return to the 'hub-and-spoke' model of triage
9
Former Catron sheriff faces 10 felony charges
ABQnews Seeker
Ian Fletcher accused of stealing from ... Ian Fletcher accused of stealing from federal wildfire relief fund