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BernCo Commission Approves Balanced 2017 Fiscal Year Budget After Closing $17 Million Gap


The Bernalillo County Commission on April 26, 2016 approved a balanced 2017 fiscal year general fund budget of $256.7 million.

Commissioners, management and Finance Division staff worked together to cut $17.7 million from the $274.4 million budget proposed earlier this year to arrive at the final approved budget.

The county’s general operating budget is primarily funded with revenue from property taxes and gross receipt taxes.

Reductions were made in some of the following areas:

  • Over $7.7 million in operating related expenses
  • $1.02 million from furloughs for non-union employees (excludes employees who make less than $35,000 per year)
  • $3 million in proposed union cuts
  • $1 million from elected officials (sheriff, assessor, clerk, treasurer, probate judge)
  • $200,000 in District Directed Funding ($40,000 per county commissioner)

"I am pleased that the commission reached unanimous consensus on the county budget,” says County Commission Chair Art De La Cruz. “We appreciate staff's work in supporting us as we made $17 million worth of difficult decisions towards creating a balanced budget. County services are intact and layoffs were avoided."

“I am optimistic that with continued hard work by our finance staff and county employees, we can use this time to evaluate ways to make Bernalillo County run more efficiently, all the while being transparent in the way we do business,” says County Manager Julie Morgas Baca.

The budget covers public services such as the Bernalillo County Fire Department, Bernalillo County Sheriff’s Department, Metropolitan Detention Center, road construction and maintenance, parks and recreation, economic development initiatives and other programs.

The budget covers the fiscal year that begins July 1, 2016 and ends June 30, 2017.

Bernalillo County currently employs about 2,500 people.

The budget must be submitted by June 1, 2016 to the State of New Mexico Department of Finance and Administration and approved before being finalized.

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