ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — With members of the Albuquerque City Council in attendance, Mayor Tim Keller on Thursday signed a nearly $1 billion fiscal 2019 budget that includes funding for public safety, expanded opportunities for children and local economic development.
The council unanimously passed an operating budget of around $577 million in general fund appropriations during its May 21 meeting. The total budget, including enterprise funds, is nearly $1 billion.
The final budget includes public safety priorities, including recruiting efforts to hire 100 new officers in the fiscal year, a step toward the city’s goal of hiring 400 officers over four years.
“In Albuquerque, we get our business done when it comes to the budget,” Keller said during a short signing ceremony Thursday morning.
“Together we hammered things out and passed a budget on time and a budget that is balanced.”