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F I S C A L I M P A C T R E P O R T
SPONSOR Garcia, M.P.
ORIGINAL DATE
LAST UPDATED
1/23/08
HB 329
SHORT TITLE Albuquerque Community Bicycle Program
SB
ANALYST Escudero
APPROPRIATION (dollars in thousands)
Appropriation
Recurring
or Non-Rec
Fund
Affected
FY08
FY09
$25.0
Recurring
General Fund
(Parenthesis ( ) Indicate Expenditure Decreases)
SOURCES OF INFORMATION
LFC Files
Responses Received From
Children, Youth and Families Department (CYFD)
SUMMARY
Synopsis of Bill
House Bill 329 requests an appropriation of $25.0 from the general fund to the local government
division of the Department of Finance and Administration to contract with a community
organization that serves the west central metropolitan redevelopment area in the city of
Albuquerque to implement a community bicycle program to restore and repair donated used
bicycles for needy children and families to promote a healthy and active lifestyle.
FISCAL IMPLICATIONS
Requesting $25.0 to be appropriated from the general fund to the local government division of
the Department of Finance and Administration for fiscal years 2009 and 2010. Any unexpended
or unencumbered balance remaining at the end of the fiscal year 2010 shall revert to the general
fund.
SIGNIFICANT ISSUES
Bicycle donation, repair, and refurbishment programs are a growing part of the community
involvement sector, and CYFD supports such programs in New Mexico, such as the
Bicycle/Recycle Program in Grant County, which teaches children, under adult supervision, to
assemble, disassemble, repair, adjust, service, and safely ride donated bicycles. During its first
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year, the Grant County program refurbished more than 400 donated bicycles, including 22
almost-new bikes donated by WalMart. Due to rising gasoline prices and a renewed focus on
health and the environment, bicycles are a growth industry, and bicycle repair a highly
employable skill set.
This bill does not indicate how the needy children and families would be identified for the
bicycle donation program. Depending on how the children and families are identified, and how
the restoration and repair process is approached, CYFD clients may benefit from the program.
POSSIBLE QUESTIONS
This is a worthy project helping needy children. However, is there any risk or liability incurred
by the organization or the city when these bicycles are given to the children. A waiver could be
signed, releasing the risk from the organization or the city of Albuquerque.
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