The first study of the costs associated with the City's plan to annex 1o,000 acres and 14,000 people was issued to the City Council last week. Among the troubling findings that he Santa Fe New Mexican reported today are: that the Fire Department will need more fire inspectors and that the City is already short of inspectors; 2 new fire station are needed, along with equipment and personnel; new tanker trucks are needed for areas that do not have water; and many homes cannot be accessed because of bad roads. See the full article here.
Not to mention that the new personal would not be familiar with the new areas they would respond to!
Last week, the City announced cuts in City services would be required for the new budget.
In fact, at the time Councilor Ron Trujillo said he questioned "cuts to public safety programs in light of the city's plans to annex thousands of additional acres over the next five years."
Meanwhile, perhaps from an alternate universe: "Cutting spending while adding new city customers will be a challenge, but City Manager Galen Buller believes it can be done." THE FIRE DEPARTMENT ALONE NEEDS $14 MILLION but the City belives it can CUT SPENDING AND ADD NEW CUSTOMERS. How?
DO YOU REALLY BELIEVE YOU WILL BE SAFE AND PROTECTED BY THE CITY? THE FULL IMPLICATIONS OF CITY ANNEXATION ARE JUST BECOMING KNOWN. THE FACT IS THERE ARE NO CONCRETE PLANS BY THE CITY TO SERVE AND PROTECT THE ANNEXED AREAS. ZONING AND DENSITIES ARE CHANGING, TAXES WILL INCREASE, AND WHAT ELSE?
"Would it help us to have more money to address those annexation questions? Sure," he said. "The annexation is a policy issue that has been decided, and we will make it work within our budget. That's our job."
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