Council expected to decide on ABQ budget

ALBUQUERQUE (KRQE) – Albuquerque city councilors are expected to decide on the city’s $600 million budget Monday.

Pay raises for city employees are among the biggest issues.

The mayor’s budget proposal calls for a 1 percent increase for regular city workers, but some councilors want more, pointing to top staffers in the mayor’s office who each got raises of more than 20 percent.

One councilor said several days ago that he’s willing to kill some of the mayor’s budget requests to cover those big pay hikes.

“If that means that the administration will have to cut back for their budget proposal and their budget desires, so be it,” said Rey Garduno.

Councilors are considering a 3 percent raise for regular city employees. The council meeting is scheduled to begin at 5 p.m. Monday.

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