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Albuquerque City Council overrides mayor's veto to help fund Topgolf

KOB Web Staff
August 07, 2018 06:44 AM

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. - In a vote of 7-2, the Albuquerque City Council overrode Mayor Tim Keller's veto, which denied funding to Topgolf.

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Mayor Keller's officer sent the following statement after the vote: 

"From the beginning, we were pleased to welcome Topgolf to Albuquerque, but we felt that this deal missed the mark. We believe in spirited public discussion, even when we agree to disagree. Our focus remains on using the tools in our toolbox to grow the local economy and create good-paying jobs. We continue to work with Council on a variety of initiatives under the steady leadership of Council President Sanchez."

Don Harris and Brad Winter were the two city councilor who voted against overriding the mayor's veto.

City Council President Ken Sanchez co-sponsored the bill that allocates $1.8 million in incentives and an additional $700,000 in city funds for the popular entertainment venue.

However, Sanchez said Topgolf would only get the incentives if the company holds up its end of the bargain.

"I truly believe and feel confident that we've done our due diligence as a council to ensure that the taxpayers' dollars will be protected," Sanchez said.

A study conducted by Bernalillo County shows Topgolf would bring new businesses to the community and would be an enticement for some people to move here. 

Topgolf hopes to open by July of 2019 at the site of the old Beach Waterpark.

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