Pay raise recommended for RR city employees - Albuquerque Journal

Pay raise recommended for RR city employees

A pay raise for all Rio Rancho city employees is included in the city manager’s recommended budget for fiscal year 2018.

The recommended budget, sent to the mayor’s office on April 15, mirrors many aspects of this year’s fiscal budget, including the city’s plans to set aside a majority of expenditures for fire and rescue and the police department.

The new budget year starts July 1 and ends June 30, 2018.

The mayor has until Tuesday to review the recommended budget and submit comments to the city manager.

The budget proposed by City Manager Keith Riesberg projects general fund revenues of $57.4 million and expenditures of $54.8, with revenues increasing from the current fiscal year by 1.6 percent and expenditures by 0.8 percent.

Although Riesberg said, “Signs suggest that the economy is continuing to recover,” the city’s revenue growth has not improved well enough to meet all of the city’s funding needs.

“Departmental needs continue to be more than can be addressed with current resources,” Riesberg noted in his budget recommendation.

The city’s budget includes a reduction of $820,000 due to the state’s 15-year phase-out of the “hold-harmless” gross receipts tax. This would be the third year of the hold-harmless phase-out, with the city previously seeing a $537,000 reduction in fiscal year 2017 and a $240,000 reduction in fiscal year 2016.

According to the proposed budget, gross receipts taxes are expected to make up a majority of the city’s revenue, comprising 51 percent of the total revenue. Property taxes follow at 27 percent, with franchise fees at 6 percent and other revenues at 16 percent.

Despite the city’s tight budget, Riesberg suggested a 2.4 percent salary increase for all city employees, at a cost of $827,900. The raise would be similar to the 1.5 percent salary increase for all city employees made in fiscal year 2017.

Expenditures included in the recommended budget are also similar to fiscal year 2017, with items including:

⋄  Six new police vehicles;

⋄  Communication towers upgrade;

⋄  Materials for paved roadways; and

⋄  Funding for the city’s American Disabilities Act transition plan.

The recommended budget will be reviewed by the governing body on May 2, May 3 and May 6 at City Hall.


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

Nativo Sponsored Content

taboola desktop

MORE ARTICLES LIKE THIS

1
DA’s lawsuit seeks GPS data for defendants on pretrial ...
ABQnews Seeker
District Attorney Raúl Torrez on Thursday ... District Attorney Raúl Torrez on Thursday sued the administrator of the 2nd Judicial District Court in Albuquerque, alleging that court officials are violating the ...
2
Broad coalition urges support for PNM/Avangrid merger
ABQnews Seeker
After PRC meeting, AG Balderas concerned ... After PRC meeting, AG Balderas concerned about commissioners' impartiality
3
Sandia Prep junior sings her way to Carnegie Hall
ABQnews Seeker
Sofia Chalamidas hopes to attend college ... Sofia Chalamidas hopes to attend college at either New York University or Carnegie Mellon, and become a professional singer
4
Why 'But, Judge, it's Christmas!' can't carry any weight
From the newspaper
Every year around this time, I ... Every year around this time, I hear a phrase repeated over and over. I hear it when a party requests ...
5
Editorial: NMSU spreads cheer, lets folks clear tickets in ...
Editorials
It's literally spreading holiday cheer, allowing ... It's literally spreading holiday cheer, allowing folks to clear parking tickets with a donatio ...
6
Editorial: Pastor's endorsement of candidate merits probe
Editorials
Albuquerque megachurch leader Steve Smothermon has ... Albuquerque megachurch leader Steve Smothermon has been no stranger to controversy throughout the pa ...
7
Sora an elusive year-round NM resident
From the newspaper
Winter is an exciting time in ... Winter is an exciting time in New Mexico as we are host to a wide variety of bird species that spend ...
8
'Encanto' a charming tale of magical new Disney family
Entertainment
The end credits for today's animated ... The end credits for today's animated films run for so long that if you live within a mile or two of ...
9
'House of Gucci' is pure, unapologetic and over the ...
Entertainment
Everything in "House of Gucci" is ... Everything in "House of Gucci" is over the top. The accents. The performances. The fashion. The sett ...