City of Las Cruces Approves New Budget

City of Las Cruces Approves New Budget
Monday, May 7, 2012 - 9:44pm

LAS CRUCES, N.M. -- Las Cruces City Council approved a nearly $300 million budget for the next fiscal year during a regularly scheduled council meeting Monday afternoon.

The city will fund improvements to infrastructure and purchase new police cars, but with slow growth in gross receipts tax, the city has learned to better manage their spending while still funding the important projects.

"The budget is growing ever so slightly but our gross receipts tax not much," said Mayor Ken Miyagishima. "We still see a glimmer of hope and we're confident it's coming back."

The budget allocates almost $2 million dollars to the vehicle acquisition fund.

The city will replace 35 aging police cars and a recently damaged fire truck. They also plan on purchasing two new snow plows and two sand spreaders to help keep roads safe during winter storms.

The budget also provides $64 million to improve infrastructure throughout the city including maintaining parks and streets.

All the necessary projects are being funded while still meeting and exceeding state requirements that force every city to have a twelfth of their budget in reserve funds in case of emergency.

"One of the things that we have been able to be successful is doing one of the things very few cities in the state can do and that is have twice the amount the state requires," Miyagishima said.

The city will have more than $14 million dollars to deal with any unexpected expenses during the next fiscal year.

The one thing not included in the budget are new employees, yet no cut backs are expected either.
"We haven't seen any furloughs any reductions in employees or any loss of hours," Miyagishima said "We're doing well."

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