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City Councilor Klarissa Peña Announces Committee Substitute for Capital Budget

The committee substitute bill will be proposed at Thursday’s Committee of the Whole Meeting.

February 24, 2021

Today, Committee of the Whole Chairwoman Klarissa Peña shared her proposed Committee Substitute for R-21-128, the City of Albuquerque’s Proposed 2021 – 2030 Decade Plan for Capital Improvements and 2021 General Obligation Bond Program.  C/S R-21-128 provides for a $140 million capital program which maintains the proposal’s emphasis on rehabilitation and renovation of existing City infrastructure.

“I believe this Committee Substitute bill provides the citizens of Albuquerque a good mix of new projects and maintenance and rehabilitation of the City’s existing infrastructure, and helps to address the most current needs of the community,” said Councilor Peña.

The Committee Substitute adds funding for the following projects in the 2021 Plan:

  • Coors and Unser Median Landscaping                     $1,000,000
  • Market and Ladera Intersection Improvements        $750,000
  • Pueblo Alto Flooding Mitigation                               $500,000
  • Pickle Ball Courts – District 1                                 $450,000
  • Pat Hurley Dog Park                                              $300,000
  • Vista Del Norte Park Improvements                        $1,000,000
  • North Domingo Baca Aquatic Center                       $3,000,000
  • Homeless Encampments                                        $500,000
  • Upgrades to YMCA Facility – District 8                     $1,000,000

The Committee substitute also reallocates funding for Library Materials of $700,000 for a total of $3,200,000.

City Council was able to provide funding of these projects by decreases to a small number of proposed projects, as follows:

  • Streets- various categories ($2,950,000)
  • City Vehicles ($4,050,000)
  • SE Area Command ($4,000,000)

The bill includes proposals for the City to prioritize vehicle purchases and increases to Affordable Housing funds, from a combination of anticipated Coronavirus relief assistance and City General funds in the upcoming operating budget. If approved, these funds would be available for use in advance of the issuance of the General Obligation Bonds related to the 2021 CIP Plan. 

The Committee Substitute for R-21-128 will be proposed at the Committee of the Whole Meeting on Thursday, February 25th at 3:00 P.M. The proposed budget will then be moved to full City Council for final approval.