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Residents give their say on how tax dollars should be spent

Patrick Hayes
July 21, 2018 06:16 PM

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. – Dozens of Duke City residents spent their Saturday discussing the economy, the environment and public safety with city officials, as part of the One Albuquerque 2018 Goals Summit hosted by Mayor Tim Keller.

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"It's something the city does every couple of years to make sure we're getting really good citizens participation in our strategic planning, our goal-setting and resource allocation," said Olivia Padilla-Jackson, deputy finance director for the city.

Padilla-Jackson said they will use the feedback gathered Saturday to decide how to allocate the city's resources, including tax dollars.

"Our operating budget is about $500 million, and when you include capital it's about a billion (dollars)," she said. "So we're talking the entire city budget."

Officials say they take residents' feedback seriously. For example, public safety – this year's top priority – received the most money.

Three other events have been scheduled by the city to gather input, including one in Spanish. They are free to attend, but you must register on the city's website first. 

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