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A deep dive in to what it takes to run ABQ

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — Albuquerque city government is a $1 billion-a-year operation.

But what does that really look like?

Of course it’s police officers and buses and libraries.

But it’s also code enforcement, child development centers and zookeepers.

Albuquerque Mayor Tim Keller this week released his fiscal year 2020 budget proposal and the document — at least the electronic version — contains 229 pages.

The details considered most pertinent — total spending ($1.1 billion), projected gross receipts tax revenue ($413 million) — appear within the first 50 pages.

But the later pages provide a more nuanced picture of city government, with individual breakdowns of the various departments and their performance metrics.

Here is a by-the-numbers snapshot of what it looks like at the ground level, according to actual fiscal year 2018 figures.

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