Earlier this year, the mayor proposed spending an additional $4.7 million to comply with the U.S. Department of Justice’s reform demands at APD. We can all agree that public safety is the first and most important role of government. Unfortunately, there are always infinite wants and limited means to provide those, and it seems like local governments and the local citizenry have been unwilling to prioritize. Over the years, this has led to higher taxes and real economic harm.
At the start of the 2000s, Albuquerque’s gross receipts tax (GRT) rate stood at 5.8125 percent. Currently, it’s 7.1875 percent — an increase of 23.7 percent. That rate will further jump to 7.3125 percent when the recently-passed ABQ BioPark tax hike is in place, a nearly 26 percent increase since 2000. All those tax hikes of a “fraction of a penny” have added up over the years to real money.
Today, our city has 17,100 fewer jobs than at its pre-Great Recession employment peak in March 2007. Yes, New Mexico’s economy remains weak, but its largest city is not helping.
Unfortunately, we’re just getting started. For more than a year now, Berry and a majority on city council have been promoting a costly and unnecessary bus rapid transit system along Central Avenue.
One Reply to “Time to prioritize at Albuquerque City Hall”
Sell the Railrunner,scrub the rapid transit system and also stop spending money on remarking our streets to accommodate bicycle traffic on streets where I have never seen a bicycle . If we must put bike lanes all over the city how about requiring a license plates for bikes and charge a fee to help pay for the expense of building and maintaining the bike lanes? User pays.
I am far more concerned about safety for myself and my family than I am about how I get around the city. If we cancel all of the “cool” transportation stuff and prioritize our spending on “safety first” we could fund the “real” priorities without forever raising taxes. Politicians never tire of spending other peoples money.