ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — Albuquerque’s first billion-dollar budget cleared the City Council on Monday night, but not before the councilors put their own stamp on the plan.
The council ultimately shifted about $3 million in expenditures within the $1.1 billion fiscal year 2020 plan proposed last month by Mayor Tim Keller. That includes reallocating $1 million of the $2 million the mayor planned for Local Economic Development Act funding.
But the council’s budget maintains the same spending level for the Albuquerque Police Department and uses $4 million from outside the general fund to pay for economic development efforts at the city’s two airports.
Councilor Pat Davis said the council’s budget bill – which he introduced with Isaac Benton, Klarissa Pena and Ken Sanchez – was not markedly different from Keller’s, in that it “protected” the public safety and economic development priorities.