Albuquerque Journal (Albuquerque, NM)

City Expects To Ask For $70 Million.(Metropolitan)

Byline: Patrick Armijo Journal Staff Writer

The city may not get all of the $70 million in state funding it is expected to request from the Legislature, but Mayor Jim Baca said the requests have become more realistic in recent years.

According to Baca, since he became mayor he has insisted that funding requests be pared.

"This first year I was here, we were sending up a legislative package of more than $200 million," Baca said. "I just couldn't understand it. We obviously weren't going to get even half of that. Why were we sending such a large, unrealistic package? We knew it was never going to get funded."

Baca said he wants departments to concentrate their requests on projects where financing is nearly lined up. …

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