City budget proposals put spotlight on raises

ALBUQUERQUE (KRQE) – It’s a half-billion dollar city budget and everyone wants a piece of it, including the Mayor’s office.

The mayor’s budget proposal calls for a 1 percent pay raise for regular city workers.

With some of the mayor’s high-level staff getting raises of more than 20 percent, some City Councilors said they have a problem with that.

“That’s why I thought this was so insulting to the employees, because there was no raises but for 1 percent this year,” said City Council President Ken Sanchez.

The mayor’s right-hand man, Chief Administrative Officer Rob Perry, recently got a 22 percent raise, he now makes $180,000.

Perry’s right-hand man, Deputy CAO Gilbert Montaño, got a promotion and a 28 percent boost to his salary, bringing it to $105,000.

APD Chief Gorden Eden is getting salary of $158,000, $25,000 more than his predecessor, Ray Schultz.

As Councilors look to put together their own budget proposal, some Democrats are talking about the possibility of killing the mayor’s request for money that he says he needs to pay for those pay raises.

“I think we can say, some of the money you allocated for individual raises will impact the amount of money that you’re going to get, because we see other areas that need help,” said City Councilor Rey Garduño.

Garduño says it’s not fair for everyone else to absorb the cost of the pay raises in the mayor’s administration.

“If that means that the administration will have to cut back for their budget proposal and their budget desires so be it

City Councilor Dan Lewis put forward a new budget proposal on Wednesday that increases the amount budgeted for raises for all other city workers to 3 percent. It also increases money set aside for APD officer raises from 4 percent to 4.5 percent.

The mayor’s office declined an interview, but a spokesperson sent an email saying they’re going to wait until the final budget to analyze it.

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