Mayor Keller signs budget for fiscal year 2023 — City of Albuquerque

Today, Mayor Tim Keller signed the budget for fiscal year 2023. The $1.4 billion budget includes no tax increases and focuses on fully funding public safety services and programs, l improved quality of life and opportunities for working families, and continued economic recovery.

“Our city is moving in the right direction on many fronts and this budget will help keep the momentum going by creating safer streets, providing more resources to vulnerable communities and providing more opportunities for our workforce.” , said Mayor Tim Keller. “The priorities of our residents are reflected in the pages of this document and the investments we are making to advance our toughest challenges and pave the way for a better and stronger Albuquerque continue into the new fiscal year today.”

This year, the budget includes a significant increase in one-time non-recurring funds thanks to careful fiscal management during the pandemic and higher-than-expected revenue for FY22.

This budget included smart investments in priority areas for this one-time money, but it cannot be used for hiring or ongoing projects like recurrent budget funds can.

“It’s great to be here at the finish line of this collaborative effort,” said Councilor Brook Bassan. “I think we have achieved a balanced result between the priorities of the mayor and the priorities of each of our districts. A lot of people have worked hard to help us get here, for which we are very grateful.

Key investments in this year’s budget include:

Advancing Public Safety

Public safety is a top priority of the Keller administration. Targeted funding is intended not only to support law enforcement objectives, but also to develop a comprehensive, community-based approach to crime prevention and reduction.

  • CNM Academy funding to expand APD’s ability to recruit new recruits
  • Support to the Office of the Superintendent, the Independent Oversight Team and the External Force Investigation Team so that ODA can achieve reform objectives
  • $11.55 million for raises and retention at APD in accordance with the APOA contract
  • Funding for 29 additional fire stations, including $1.4 million to send current Albuquerque Fire Rescue (AFR) employees to paramedic school to meet demand
  • Creating Safe Neighborhoods with Nuisance Abatement Funding, Code Enforcement, ADAPT Program
  • $500,000 for the “Park Ranger” program dedicated to the safety and cleanliness of City parks, open spaces and trails
  • $615,000 for necessary improvements to animal welfare facilities, and an additional $350,000 for the successful neutering and neutering program
  • Full funding for emergency commissioning activities and the Block-by-Block program
  • $1.8 million to expand Albuquerque’s only youth think tank
  • Full funding for the Violence Intervention Program, including the first phase of the school-based VIP
  • $736,000 to fully fund the assisted outpatient treatment program
  • $730,000 for a medical sobering up center at the Gibson Health Hub (GHH)
  • Full funding of service contracts for mental health, addiction, domestic violence, early intervention and other health and social services
  • Fully funded automated speed control program

Fight homelessness

  • $18.8 million in funding for affordable housing, including $9 million in supportive housing vouchers
  • $100,000 for emergency housing vouchers for victims of domestic violence
  • $1.3 million for a medical respite facility at GHH
  • $10.6 million to operate the Gateway Center at GHH, including emergency accommodation services, first responder depot, facility and program operations
  • Fully funded Westside Emergency Housing Center (WEHC)
  • $750,000 for the first phase of Safe Outdoor Spaces if approved by the Board, and $200,000 for the development of other sanctioned encampment programs
  • $500,000 for the development of a technology system that allows the City and providers to coordinate the delivery of services to people experiencing homelessness and behavioral health issues
  • $500,000 to fund Albuquerque Street Connect

Support and diversify the economy

  • $5 million investment in the Local Economic Development Act (LEDA) fund
  • $1.2 million for process improvements, new technologies, and planning department staffing to streamline the development process
  • Set aside $1,212 million to provide a 4-to-1 local matchup if the City wins a federal grant to create a downtown “Valley of Space”
  • $1 million for the next phase of Job Training Albuquerque
  • $547,000 for city hosting of sporting events like USATF meet, tennis, pickleball, cycling and running
  • Funding for the next cohort of Tipping Points for Creatives
  • Full funding of the Small Business Office

Workforce support through youth programs

  • Full funding of general financial support for the Head Start program
  • Funding to maintain the success of the Youth Connect system

Pursue sustainability goals

  • Expansion of sustainability efforts hosted by the Department of Environmental Health, including ongoing capital investment oversight
  • Continued progress toward goals set in the U.S. Climate Cities Challenge
  • $298,000 to continue the development of cumulative impact regulations
  • Gradual introduction of electric vehicles in the Transit department
  • The newly created General Services Department (GSD) will continue its efforts in energy efficiency and carbon reduction in city buildings
  • Expected savings of more than $600,000 as the Solar Direct program, located on the Jicarilla Apache Reservation, is expected to come online and dramatically expand the city’s use of renewable energy

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