The House voted yesterday on HB 337, the Work New Mexico Act, and so far the only project that will benefit Rio Rancho from capital outlay funding is the Meadowlark Senior Center. This vote comes on the heels of the censure against the Mayor for submitting an unauthorized request for A Park Above, which the council feared would put requests for water, police and fire at risk.
Back on Sep. 26th the Mayor warned the council that if they were to submit a request for an item not on the ICIP, that the state would call into question all of their requests and none would be taken seriously. The Mayor's request for A Park Above was not on Rio Rancho's ICIP. So did the Mayor's actions ironically prove himself to be correct?
The process is not yet over. The Senate still has their bill to vote on, SB 60, and the Governor has a chance to look at the projects. In the mean time, the outlook doesn't look so good. Councilor Chuck Wilkins indicated in Wednesday night's council meeting that Rio Rancho would receive some funding for fire and water (none for police), and also for the A Park Above. It is possible that those numbers are in SB 60.
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