Albuquerque Journal (Albuquerque, NM)

Budget Heads to Santa Fe.(West Side Journal)

Byline: Joshua Akers Journal Staff Writer

The city of Rio Rancho's $44 million budget for fiscal 2004 is on its way to Santa Fe for approval.

Councilors approved the funding package Wednesday night. The budget has been in development since January and must receive state approval before being finalized by councilors in late July.

The city's fiscal year begins July 1.

Councilors approved the budget on 5-0 vote with Councilor Arturo Boniello absent due to illness.

The meeting ran about 21/2 hours as councilors spent most of the evening debating the finer points of constitutional law and the separation of powers as they tried to decide whether to fund raises for Municipal Court employees. …

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