Albuquerque Journal (Albuquerque, NM)

Legislators Seeking Millions From State.

Byline: Steve Shoup And Carolyn Appelman Journal Staff Writers

West Side and Sandoval County legislators are seeking funding for dozens of construction projects, including money for roads in Rio Rancho, a county community health center, a sewer system in Corrales, and improvements at the Southwest Indian Polytechnic Institute.

Some of the biggest projects are $3.1 million for community health services in Sandoval County; $1.1 million to widen Unser Boulevard near North Hills in Rio Rancho; $1 million for SIPI on Albuquerque's West Side; $491,700 for a sewer system in Corrales; and $300,000 for improvements at the Bernalillo waste water treatment plant.

Legislators submit requests for capital outlay money based on what city and county governments and school districts ask for, Rep. Judy Vanderstar Russell, R-Rio Rancho, said Thursday.

Requests from representatives reviewed by the Capital Outlay Subcommittee of the House Taxation and Revenue Committee, whose members vote on which projects are included in the final capital outlay bill, she said. However, the final version of the bill usually isn't done until late in the legislative session.

The Senate has a similar process.

Vanderstar Russell said she has presented several of her requests to the subcommittee. On Thursday, she presented her request for $50,000 to make improvements at the astronomy site at Rio Rancho High School, including restrooms and paths and roads. …

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