The budget covers the fiscal year that begins July 1, 2013 and ends June 30, 2014.
Last year, the Board of Commissioners approved a two-year budget plan. This revised budget represents a 1 percent increase over the base budget approved in May 2012. Some costs went down compared to last year, such as insurance costs. Some of the increased costs can be attributed to higher healthcare costs, salary adjustments, new employees for the Sheriff’s Office, and body scanners at the Metropolitan Detention Center, for example.
“This budget reflects our commitment to fiscal responsibility, strong oversight, and comprehensive planning for our community’s tax dollars,” Commission Chair Maggie Hart Stebbins says. “This is the framework for the outstanding services we provide to the citizens of Bernalillo County, from excellent parks and open spaces to fire and rescue services throughout the county.”
Bernalillo County currently employs about 2,400 people.
Public Safety makes up about 52 percent of the budget in its current form and is the largest expense. The second largest category is Public Works at 15 percent, and Community Services is at 9 percent.
The budget adjustments must be submitted by June 1, 2013 to the state Department of Finance and Administration and approved before being finalized.
A copy of the budget presentation can be viewed online here.
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For more detailed information about how the county budget is spent, visit the county’s new Tax Dollars at Work application at /mytaxdollars