Mayor Keller, city officials outline state funding priorities

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ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (KRQE) – On Tuesday, the City of Albuquerque outlined the funding it hopes to get from the legislature this year. Mayor Tim Keller says in light of the COVID-19 pandemic, they’re keeping it simple. “We’ve prioritized I think in a very stark and clear way. We really need help in three things,” said Mayor Keller.

One of the three things is the Real-Time Fusion Center, a communication hub already in the works linking traffic, police and fire. Another priority is expanding the city’s new shot-spotter technology to detect gunshots in more parts of town.

The city is also asking for $10 million toward the planned homeless facility known as the Gateway Center. In December of 2020, the city announced plans to turn the old Lovelace Hospital on Gibson into a homeless facility. The $10 million from the state would be on top of the $14 million approved by voters in 2019.

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