Albuquerque, New Mexico
The city of Albuquerque, New Mexico will hold elections for city council in 2015. Information on election dates will be posted once they are made available. Three of the nine city council seats are up for election.
Albuquerque 10-year budget trends:
FY/09 is unaudited actual; FY/10 is Estimated Actual; FY/11 is Approved Budget.
"Current budget by program:"
|Human & Family Development||13.0%||$115,776,000|
|Sustainable Community Development||4.1%||$36,468,000|
|Community & Cultural Engagement||1.4%||$12,343,000|
Albuquerque has received $591,525,791 from the stimulus package.
|Type||# of Awards||Amount||Jobs Reported|
The City Council is the legislative authority of the city. It has the power to adopt all ordinances, resolutions, or other legislation conducive to the welfare of the people of the city. The Council shall have the power to adopt all ordinances, resolutions or other legislation conducive to the welfare of the people of the city and not inconsistent with the City Charter. The Council shall not perform any executive functions except those functions assigned to the Council by the City Charter. The Council is made up of nine members, elected on staggered terms, with four or five districted Councilors elected every two years.
According to the City Charter, City Councilors receive annual salaries equal to one-tenth of the annual salary received by the Mayor. The Council President shall receive double the annual salary received by other Councilors. Currently, this amount is about $10,940.00 for City Councilors and $21,881.00 for the Council President.
The City Charter establishes the executive branch of the city government. The Mayor shall control and direct the executive branch. The Mayor is authorized to delegate executive and administrative power within the executive branch. The Mayor shall be the chief executive officer with all executive and administrative powers of the city and the official head of the city for all ceremonial purposes.
Mayor Berry is asking the council to put a $50 million bond package on the ballot in October that would approve the construction of a sports complex, whitewater rafting pool, a Rio Grande boardwalk and a bicycle loop around the city.
Pete Dinelli, a former Director of Public Safety, called his old job "a waste." Public safety unions have said they do not want the position filled.
Albuquerque fighters voted "no confidence" in the Fire Chief James Breen with sixty-four percent voting no confidence.
- See also: New Mexico state government salary
500 non-bargaining city employees received a 1% raise in the 2012 budget. Mayor Berry says the raises were part of the process of restoring salaries after a 2.2% cut last year.
- See also: New Mexico public pensions
- See also: New Mexico government sector lobbying
Albuquerque has reported $789,750 spent lobbying since 2000 (see table).
|Year||Amount spent on lobbying|
Transparency and public records
Mayor Berry has ordered an investigation to see if any city laws were broken when Public Safety Director Darren White opened the medical records of his wife after she had been in a car accident and many had speculated she had been using prescription drugs.
The city collects revenue through sales taxes, property taxes, and various fees and charges. It estimates $891,798,000 of total revenue in the 2011 budget.
|Gross Receipts Tax||$287,439,000|
|Interfund and Fund Balance||$154,788,000|
|Charges and Permits||$30,982,000|
- See also: Evaluation of New Mexico city websites
|Transparency grading process|
- The most current budget is listed.
- Budgets are archived for 6 years.
- Administrative officials
- Department heads are listed for each department.
- Contact information for administrative officials is provided including a mailing address, phone number, and personalized email.
- Elected officials
- Elected officials are listed with a mailing address, phone number and personalized email.
- The most recent audit is posted.
- Audits dating back to 2002 are available.
- Bids and RFPs are posted online.
- Approved contract statements are provided for vendors.
- Public records
- Tax revenues are broken down by federal, state, and local funding in the budget.
- Local taxes, like property taxes, are available online in budget documents.
- The city discloses it hires lobbyists and the total amount spent on lobbying.
- Permits and zoning
- Official city website
- Errors of Enchantment, Kudos to Mayor Berry for new transparency website, Aug. 25, 2010
- News 13, ABQ posts more information online, Sept 4, 2010
- Government Computer News, Albuquerque lets it all hang out with data, Oct. 4, 2010
- Albuquerque Airport
- Albuquerque Journal
- Albuquerque on WikiTravel
- Albuquerque on City Data
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- current budget
- KOB "Berry wants city council to greenlight ABQ tourism plan"
- KOAT "Ex-Public Safety Director Calls Job 'A Waste'"
- Fire Rescue "Firefighters give 'no confidence' vote to chief in NM"
- Canadian Business "Some Albuquerque city workers see raises"
- [ Open Secrets]
- Credit Card
- NewsWest "Albuquerque official opens wife's medical records"
- FY11 Budget
- City of Albuquerque, Budget, Accessed: January 6, 2013
- City of Albuquerque, Staff Directory, Accessed: January 6, 2013
- City of Albuquerque, Elected Officials, Accessed: January 6, 2013
- City of Albuquerque, Meeting Minutes and Agendas, Accessed: January 6, 2013
- City of Albuquerque, Meeting Schedule, Accessed: January 6, 2013
- City of Albuquerque, Audits, Accessed: January 6, 2013
- City of Albuquerque, Contracts, Accessed: January 6, 2013
- City of Albuquerque, Public Records Custodians, Accessed: January 6, 2013
- City of Albuquerque, Fee Schedule, Accessed: January 6, 2013
- City of Albuquerque, Tax Information in Budgets, Accessed: January 6, 2013
- City of Albuquerque, Lobbying, Accessed: January 6, 2013
- City of Albuquerque, Zoning, Accessed: January 6, 2013
- City of Albuquerque, Permit, Accessed: January 6, 2013