Questions and Answers:
How does Rio Rancho's General Fund budget compare to other cities?
Rio Rancho has a budget of about $52 Million a year, about the same as Farmington, a city half our size. Las Cruces, a city of 97,000 compared to our 93,000 residents, has a budget of about $80 Million a year. Only about 44% of our revenue comes from gross receipts. Other cities have 60-70% of their budget coming from gross receipts.
What is the capital outlay request our Governing Body sends to the State?
This list is sent to the State Legislation asking for financial help for capital projects. This is done each year, and the Governing Body votes on which projects take priority. In FY 2013 and 2014, our top priority has been water service line replacement. In addition, public safety and road projects were in the top eight.
What is happening with the Santa Ana Star Center?
The Star Center continues to lose money. At the mid-year budget, the Council had to make a budget adjustment for another $195,000. Chuck continues to search for solutions to make this become profitable and lessen the burden.
What authority does the Governing Body have over hiring/firing employees?
The Governing Body cannot fire or hire any employee with the exception of the City Manager, who works at the will of the Governing Body. The Governing Body does formally approve department heads put forward by the City Manager and Mayor.
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