BERNALILLO COUNTY, N.M. (KRQE) – While Bernalillo County is making cuts to balance its budget, a new initiative is aimed at protecting every last dime of residents’ tax dollars.
Tuesday night, commissioners looked at a proposed resolution to change the way non-profits ask for money that the county covers until state reimbursement.
Commissioner Wayne Johnson said what typically happens is non-profits ask state legislatures for money claiming Bernalillo County as their fiscal agent. But the county often has no clue about the project until the capital outlay budget is sent down.
That leaves the county blindsided, and responsible for footing the bill to start the project — from building, to maintenance and even manpower. Then the state reimburses the county months later only after the non-profit is in compliance.
Johnson said it would help everyone if commissioners knew about the project first.
Commissioner Johnson said if non-profits know the county will have a tough time footing the bill, they can look at other fiscal agents like the city of Albuquerque.