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Council Tentatively Approves Clerk’s Office Budget

on April 16, 2019 - 8:06am

County Clerk Naomi Maestas, left, and Deputy Chief Clerk Adriana Ortiz discuss the Clerk's Office budget as County Deputy Manager Steve Lynne and Budget and Performance Manager Karen Kendall listen Monday evening during the annual budget hearings. Photo by Kirsten Laskey/

Staff Report

Los Alamos County Council voted 5-2 to tentatively approve the $639,447 budget for the County Clerk’s office Monday evening during the annual budget hearing.

Additionally, Council tentatively approved a $10,000 budget add-on for filing cabinets for the office. Councilors David Izraelevitz and Pete Sheehey opposed the motion. Izraelevitz said even though the purchase is small compared to other capital expenses, he felt it needed to be handled in the same manner as bigger items. Izraelevitz added that if he was presented with bids and other information for the purchase, he would support it.

County Clerk Naomi Maestas discussed the following budget highlights during her presentation:

  • The Clerk's Office has made some reductions in areas but does not anticipate any noticeable service impacts to the public. The FY2020 budget includes continued plans to expand outreach programs, educating the public in all of the major focus areas of the office.
  • Recording revenue collected for the General Fund has increased by $24,474 or 33 percent from FY2017 to FY2018.
  • Salaries show an increase related to recent Council action adjusting salaries. Other increases attributed to the inclusion of temp/causal election worker wages for the November 2019 Local Election, which will be reimbursed.
  • Slight increase in benefits due in part to the recent salary adjustments. Other increases associated with the cost of temp/causal election workers for the November 2019 Local Election.
  • Professional/Contractual Services show a slight decrease resulting from the discontinuation of maintenance services of disposed equipment and a shift in payment of poll workers.
  • Slight decreases were made in materials/supplies to keep budget costs down.
  • Interfund Charges show a slight decrease in General Insurance costs.
  • To keep budget costs down, minimal Capital Outlay purchases planned for the General Fund.
  • The Recording & Equipment Fund will see a Capital Outlay purchase related to the solicitation for recording software and data management services.