Tuesday, May 08, 2012
The Bernalillo County Board of Commissioners voted on the general fund budget for the 2013 and 2014 fiscal years at the May 8 regularly scheduled commission meeting. Commissioners will vote on new funding requests at May 22 meeting.
Both proposals will be presented at the May 8 commission meeting in the Vincent E. Griego Chambers, 1 Civic Plaza, at 5 p.m.
The 2013 fiscal year general fund budget is approximately $229 million. The 2014 fiscal year general fund budget is approximately $234 million.
In 2013, public safety remains the largest percentage of the budget, at 54 percent or $123 million. Public safety services include fire protection and rescue; operation of the Metropolitan Detention Center, the Youth Services Center; and the Bernalillo County Sheriff’s Office, among other services.
The second largest percentage of the county’s 2013 budget is public works, at 14 percent, or $33 million. These services include street repair and maintenance and operations of county buildings.
“I am committed to a fiscally conservative, strategic approach to managing this budget for Bernalillo County taxpayers,” County Manager Tom Zdunek says. “Our staff has identified many cost-savings during my tenure as manager, and we will leave no stone unturned. I will continue to push long-term planning and accountability throughout this organization in an effort to deliver high-quality public services.”
Also today, the county highlighted new details about the 2012 fiscal year expenditures now available online. Click here for more details. Details include a reader-friendly
summary table that breaks down spending by department and services provided.
“I’m pleased to give taxpayers clearer information about how the county spends their money and about the many services provided by Bernalillo County government, from public safety to great open space programs," says Commissioner Maggie Hart Stebbins, who has pushed to get more financial information online. “Open government is one of my top priorities and I look forward to hearing from the public suggestions for how we can better serve the residents of Bernalillo County.”
To see details about the proposed budget for the 2013 and 2014 fiscal years, click here.
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