Transfer $7,000.00 from police vehicle purchases project CP2322 to the dash camera project CP2352 is needed to pay for the installation costs of the dash camera systems. They received $100,000 for the cameras but did not take into account installation fees. These cameras are for all Gallup police department units. The cost on the new police units came in a bit less than anticipated, and leaves enough to transfer to help cover the cost of the camera installation.
The Gallup Police Department has received 1.3 Million in funds from house bill 68 to spend over three years. The first year we have to spend 750,000 towards recruitment and retention. This was on the November 8, 2022, City Council agenda, presented by former Chief Franklin Boyd. The Gallup Police Department currently has $97,377.79 left of the $750,000. We respectfully request to utilize the $97,377.79 towards retention to our current officers. The amount that would be given to eligible officers would be 2,213.13. If we do not utilize these remaining funds, they will revert back to the state. There is a higher anticipated balance because we have had four officers leave the Gallup Police Department, and we have had non-certified and laterals not make it through the process.
House Bill 68 Distribution of funds stated: The department of finance and administration established a program to distribute funds for local law enforcement agencies to provide recruitment and retention stipends to law enforcement officers. The program established criteria for distribution of funds appropriated for the purpose of prioritizing recruitment and retention of personnel.
The Gallup Police Department has successfully hired five officers and paid 10,000 dollars to each of the five newly hired officers. We have a remainder of 97,377.79 dollars that can be utilized for retention pay on the last paycheck in June 16, 2023, that would be a pay out of 2,213.13 dollars before taxes or deductions to officers that are eligible to receive the retention, which is 44 officers.
The Electric Department is requesting a budget adjustment of $40,000 for Project JU1903 to begin utility bore work starting from the Washington Federal Parking Lot and ending to the fenced area North of West Aztec Ave. We received a quote for $38,000(taxes included) and included a contingency to bring the total to $40,000. This work is required to connect a small handful of businesses North of West Aztec Ave to a new source of power that were not included in the underground electric conversion. We were able to reach out to Washington Federal and gain a public utility easement allowing us to access the single phase electrical transformers to serve from.
The Lodger's Tax Grant Program has received new applications this fiscal year, and increasing costs have resulted in several returning applicants requesting higher amounts than in previous years. The amount budgeted going into FY23 is not sufficient to fund all requests, should they be approved by the City Council. This is a budget adjustment request to move $87,000 from the Lodger's Tax fund balance into the Grants to Subrecipients account. The two new applications received this fiscal year were: Friday Night Rides at $5,846, and $10,000 for the Kicker Monster Truck show in May 2023.
The Lodger's Tax Grant applications currently on the Council agenda for May 23, if approved, are able to be fully funded without any budgetary action. However, in June, the Tourism Office will ask the Council to consider approving more applications that will need this budget adjustment to be fully funded. These upcoming applications for consideration include: Inter-Tribal Ceremonial in August, and July events, including Arenacross, Freedom Ride Flight, and Wild Thing. The Inter-Tribal application request, for example, is over twice as much as FY22 (approximately $18,000 to now, $50,000), as it is now under local control. The Lodger's Tax Committee was happy to vote unanimously in support of this important community event.
These funds are also considered part of promotional expenditures in terms of compliance with the state spending mandates for Lodger's Tax funds.