A budget is still being worked out for the Village of Corrales’ fiscal year 2022-23 which starts July 1.  A Village Council work-study session will be held Tuesday, May 17 at 3 p.m. Village officials intend to submit a preliminary budget to the N.M. Department of Finance and Administration in Santa Fe by June 1 after the council adopts it May 24. At the work-study session, councillors will discuss how they want to spend expected revenue during the next fiscal  year; in FY 2021-22, Corrales budgeted income to the general fund at $5.6 million, mostly from gross receipts taxes and property tax.

Proposed expenditures have come from the various municipal departments, such as Public Works, the library, police, fire-rescue and parks and rec. This year, for the first time, the boards and commissions —such as the Bosque Advisory Commission and the Bicycle, Pedestrian Advisory Commission— were instructed to make funding requests through a corresponding Village department.

By tradition, members of the general public are not allowed to speak  during work-study sessions, unless specifically requested to do so. But public comment will be solicited during the regular council meetings on May 10 and 24. Those meetings begin at 6:30 p.m.

As always, the biggest chunks of last year’s preliminary budget were designated for the Police Department ($1,216,796) and Fire Department ($753,026).

Last year, Parks and Recreation was expected to spend $440,198; Corrales Library $260,218; Public Works $440,854; Planning and Zoning $336,938; and Municipal Court $172,429.

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