Keller Administration Outlines Vision for Upcoming Fiscal Year Budget – City of Albuquerque

March 31, 2023
Today, Mayor Tim Keller submitted a proposed budget for Fiscal Year 2024. The $1.4 billion budget reflects the administration’s ongoing commitment to public safety. It also focuses on addressing housing and homelessness crises effectively and creatively, and resolving a long-standing pay equity gap for City employees.
“Our focus on reaching public safety goals hasn’t wavered, and we will continue to prioritize the programs and services that get at the root causes of our city’s challenges,” said Mayor Tim Keller. “We’re doubling down on investments that will move the needle on crime, homelessness, and housing, while continuing to support our city workforce and correct historic pay inequity.”
To balance the budget, Fiscal Year 2024 recurring expenses were reduced by prudent decreases from savings in unfilled vacant positions and operations.
“The budget continues to make important investments where they are needed, but takes a conservative approach, accounting responsibly for a potential economic recession,” said Stephanie Yara, Director, Department of Finance and Administrative Services.  
“We continue to work to balance strategic funding of key programs and fiscal responsibility,” said Sanjay Bhakta, Chief Financial Officer, City of Albuquerque. “Using this approach, we can manage our way through uncertain times and still continue to invest in progress for our communities.”
Key investments in this year’s budget include:
Advancing Public Safety
Public safety is a top priority for the Keller Administration, and historic investments have proven effective, with Albuquerque making significant progress on violent crime and property crime in the past year. Despite that progress, the city still struggles with homicides related to gun violence and the fentanyl epidemic. Targeted investments aim to further support the police department while building out a robust system of services to help prevent and reduce crime.
Homelessness, Housing, and Behavioral Health
Addressing homelessness, additional housing, and behavioral health challenges in our City means taking a comprehensive approach to the root causes such as substance abuse, mental health, domestic violence, and youth opportunity. The Fiscal Year 2024 budget includes:
Resolving Historic Pay Equity Gap, Minimum Wage and Keeping up with Cost of Living
Other Key Investments in Jobs, Sustainability, and Quality of Life
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