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ABQ City Council staff say Friday is mayor’s deadline to sign or veto CIP bill
Albuquerque City Council Director Laura Mason tells the Independent she disagrees “wholeheartedly” with City Attorney Bob White’s opinion about the council missing a deadline to approve this year’s Capital Improvement Program.
In White’s opinion, because the council didn’t meet the deadline, the mayor’s original CIP proposal becomes the one submitted to the public for a vote this fall, through bond measures.
While White, an appointee of Mayor Martin Chavez, is the city’s attorney, both Mason and City Council staffer Bruce Thompson are attorneys who examined the issue. Mason said they wouldn’t have proceeded the way they did if they didn’t think they were within the guidelines established by the ordinance.
For this reason, Mason argues that the mayor has until Friday to sign or veto the CIP legislation approved by the council. If he doesn’t take action, she said, it’s her opinion that the council’s bill will take effect.
The council approved the CIP on a 7 to 2 vote. If the mayor were to veto it, he would most likely face a successful veto override during a year in which he’s running for re-election.
Here are the letters and the city council analysis referenced in the previous NMI post on this topic.