County Spotlight Commissioner Wayne Johnson and representatives from the BernCo Compliance Office and Economic Development met today with government officials from North Africa and the Near East to discuss transparency in local government. The group is part of a U.S. State Department project on Transparency in federal, state and local government. Bernalillo County has again kept its triple-A bond ratings, the highest possible given by Moody’s, Fitch and Standard and Poor’s. Bond ratings are critical because a higher rating means lower interest rates for the county when selling bonds to finance voter-approved projects. Bernalillo County health protection officials have successfully removed more than 400 tons of used tires from Pajarito Mesa and the Rio Puerco in far southwestern Bernalillo County.Bernalillo County has entered into an agreement to purchase the Alvarado Square office building located Downtown for $2.7 million. Purchasing a new building will allow the county to operate more efficiently by consolidating numerous offices and approximately 1,100 administrative employees into one building.