I’ve been known to come down on the Mayor from time to time, but this time (subscription) it’s the city council that performed a disservice for Albuquerqueans.
Under provisions of the City Charter, the council has 60 days to take action after a budget is proposed by the mayor. If councilors don’t meet that deadline, the mayor’s budget proposal goes into effect, just as if it had been adopted by the council.
Chavez had given councilors his budget proposal at 3 p.m. March 31. By the time the council meeting began at 5 p.m. Tuesday, the council was beginning its 62nd day of confronting that 60-day deadline.
What more important issue do they have to consider than the ever-growing city budget? Way to go folks. Stop pandering to your base and start paying attention.