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.