Albuquerque Journal (Albuquerque, NM)

Budget Mistake May Cut Cop Jobs.(Final)

Byline: Jim Ludwick Journal Staff Writer

Councilors Erred In Pay Plan Analysis

Mayor Martin Chavez says an 11th-hour budget decision by the City Council could lead to a layoff of police officers.

Councilors on Monday approved a plan proposed by Greg Payne and Miguel Gomez that was intended to provide money for police raises. But the Mayor's Office said Tuesday a mistake had been made in the council's financial analysis and there would be unintended consequences if the plan were put into effect.

The plan was tacked onto a $350 million general-fund budget proposal, which won council approval Monday.

Under the plan, 1 percent of the budget for the police department would be held in reserve to provide about $900,000 for raises. …

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