ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (KRQE) - Less than 24 hours after voters rejected a bond issue that included the I-25 Paseo project, the mayor is vowing to keep it alive.
Wednesday night Mayor R.J. Berry told News 13 he has met with Governor Martinez to seek her help for state funding for the project. Three other city councilors are also supporting the mayor. But some other councilors say the voters have spoken, and they plan on fighting Berry.
On Tuesday Albuquerque residents gave a resounding no to the mayor's plan, which included $25 million for a sportsplex and $25 million for a down payment on an I-25/Paseo Del Norte interchange. Many people thought all the $50 million should have gone to the Paseo project. Berry says he got the message and has come up with a new plan that will put all $50 million toward Paseo.
He wants city councilors to steer $3 million a year in sales taxes to show the state and the feds the city is serious about a Paseo rebuild. If the state comes up with $30 or $40 million dollars in January, and the city lands another $15 million from the feds, construction could begin on a scaled down version of a new interchange.
But at least two city councilors say they want that $3 million dollars a year in tax money to be used for essential services like public safety, or to hire more city workers. They believe Paseo is a priority, but think the state or feds should pay for it.
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