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Capital Improvement Program

Capital Outlay grants from the state of New Mexico are one strand of revenue for capital projects that Bernalillo County uses and leverages to obtain additional funding from General Obligation (GO) bonds and federal transportation grants.

Capital Outlay grants are sponsored by legislators for worthy capital projects in their home districts. These grants are reimbursable (Bernalillo County fronts the money) and are awarded for projects in a local government’s Infrastructure Capital Improvement Plan (ICIP), which Bernalillo County updates annually and presents to the Board of County Commissioners each August. 

Capital Outlay grants must be used within four years of being appropriated.  Like GO Bonds, they must be spent on the specific capital project for which it was appropriated and cannot be used on daily operations or maintenance.

The Board of County Commissioners approves an administrative resolution each fall that identifies the county’s top Capital Outlay grant priorities that will be pursued the following legislative session that begins in January of each year.

2018 New Mexico Legislative Session

The 2018 legislative session begins in January 2018 and ends in February 2018. Governor approval of all Capital Outlay grants is required, and line-item vetoes can happen. Bernalillo County will post the list of 2018 appropriations in Spring 2018 after the Governor signs the Capital Outlay bill.

The legislature meets in a 30-day session in even-numbered years and in a 60-day session in odd-numbered years. Governor approval of the Capital Outlay bill must happen within 30 days of the conclusion of a legislative session.

Please visit our legislative priorities webpage for administrative resolutions and position papers dating back to 2012.

Click here for the Capital Outlay results for Bernalillo County from the 2018 legislative session.

Click here for the 2018 legislative session final report.

Capital Outlay Documents
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Click this link if you wish to see Bernalillo County’s most recent Infrastructure Capital Improvement Plan (ICIP). The State of New Mexico strongly recommends that local governments prepare and submit an ICIP annually. The state requires ICIP to be submitted by September each year. An ICIP is useful when the state legislature is considering local government’s requests for capital outlay funding in the legislative sessions that convene each January. Any project receiving capital outlay funding should appear on that entity’s ICIP. Bernalillo County’s ICIP is a mirror image of its Capital Improvement Plan (CIP), which is updated biennially for the purpose of identifying projects that should receive general obligation bond funding.

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Since Capital Outlay grants must be awarded to and administered by a local government entity, and cannot violate the state’s anti-donation clause, non-governmental (NG) agencies frequently ask Bernalillo County to administer their grants. This arrangement requires a contractual agreement between Bernalillo County and the NG agency, and increases the administrative and fiduciary responsibilities of Bernalillo County. Not all NG agency requests are suitable for Bernalillo County to manage, so saying “no” requires a thorough understanding of all NG agency requests. Bernalillo County is attempting to create a logical and efficient process whereby NG agencies are educated on all aspects of Capital Outlay grant funding, resulting in stronger partnerships that better deliver the capital project for service or program delivery. An informational video and Powerpoint presentation for NG agencies is held in the spring of each year, several months in advance of the following legislative session, whereby the county can explain the Capital Outlay grant process and what it needs from NG agencies in order to determine if their desired project and funding should be administered by Bernalillo County.

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2014-2017 Capital Outlay Funding Appropriated to Bernalillo County
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Click this link if you wish to see the progress of capital project implementation for the year listed. The information in this link is provided to the state of New Mexico in monthly updates that are due to the state by the 30th of each month. Bernalillo County will post these same updates approximately one week after they are provided to the state.

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Click this link if you wish to see the progress of capital project implementation for the year listed. The information in this link is provided to the state of New Mexico in monthly updates that are due to the state by the 30th of each month. Bernalillo County will post these same updates approximately one week after they are provided to the state.

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Click this link if you wish to see the progress of capital project implementation for the year listed. The information in this link is provided to the state of New Mexico in monthly updates that are due to the state by the 30th of each month. Bernalillo County will post these same updates approximately one week after they are provided to the state.

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Click this link if you wish to see the progress of capital project implementation for the year listed. The information in this link is provided to the state of New Mexico in monthly updates that are due to the state by the 30th of each month. Bernalillo County will post these same updates approximately one week after they are provided to the state.

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