Albuquerque mayor vetoes budget passed by city council

Mayor Richard J. Berry
Mayor Richard J. Berry

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (KRQE) – The mayor has vetoed the budget passed by the city council.

Among the changes councilors had made to the mayor’s version: increasing longevity pay for Albuquerque Police Department officers, also raising pay by 3 percent for firefighters and 1 percent for other employees.

It also took $2.5 million from the Risk Management Fund, which pays for lawsuits against the city, and appropriated $3 million to pay for one-time programs and projects by imposing a 4-month hiring freeze. Plus, it took $1.5 million from reserve funds.

The mayor said he believes this leaves the city in a precarious position and that he can’t support it.

Mayor R.J. Berry and city councilors Pat Davis and Brad Winter are already working on a compromise. It will be introduced at the meeting on Monday. 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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