City Council approves city budget

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(KRQE Chris McKee)

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (KRQE) Monday night, the Albuquerque City Council approved the city budget.

Overall, it calls for spending about $526 million on basic operations for fiscal year 2017.

It includes a little more than a 2-percent pay raise for firefighters and 1.5-percent for police and still includes funding for 1,000 police officers. There is a 1-percent pay hike for all other city employees.

The budget also sets aside enough money to launch about $18 million in capital projects proposed by the mayor with a little more than $300,000 for Animal Welfare.

The city will also hire two new animal behavior specialists and continue the trap-neuter-release program for feral cats.

In addition, the budget sets aside enough money for capital projects including the new baseball fields on Albuquerque’s westside. There’s also money to remodel some city pools and a Route 66 visitor’s center. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Users who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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