TAOS COUNTY, NEW MEXICO
BUDGETS & VALUES
Inside Budgets & Values
This page provides Taos County residents with the information and resources to identify the priority areas of the budgets of Taos city and Taos County, the taxpayer-supported economic engines that reflect our values.
Local budgets for local problem-solving
It was at a 100% Taos initiative organizing meeting that a resident said, “When we talk about our local budget we are talking about our values.”
The goal of the 100% Taos initiative is to ensure that the ten vital services for surviving and thriving are accessible to 100% of residents. We understand that the services are provided by a patchwork of public sector and private sector entities, some supported by state, county and city governments. The strategy is not asking local governments to fund all ten services, instead we are asking county and city governments to leverage their power, people and policies so that all the players providing our ten vital services work in alignment and collaboration to meet the needs of all families.
Budgets reflect Values
The 100% Taos initiative can’t succeed as a program that comes and goes with sporadic funding. The mission is far too important to be vulnerable to fickle funding streams. For this reason the initiative and residents look to local government to support the measurable work in the form of the data-driven, four-step process of continuous quality improvement (CQI) to identify barriers to services and fix gaps to provide a positive user experience for all residents.
Step 1: Assess gaps in vital services
Step 2: Plan in a collaborative process to address gaps
Step 3: Act with county/city alignment to increase vital services
Step 4: Evaluate all progress toward measurable results
The local CQI process is supported by the Anna, Age Eight Institute through technical assistance by staff with expertise in assessment, planning and logic model design, project management, program implementation, IT strategies, communication and evaluation.
So, about your city budget
Let’s take a look at your city budget, which reflects the values of Taos. There is no more powerful statement about how we prioritize our children than the city money we devote to their health, safety and education. As you look at the percentage of money spent on various activities, services and organizations, what is your assessment of the city’s commitment to children and families?
Example City Budget 2020
And about your county budget
Think of all the families that live outside city limits, depending on county services. Take a look at your county budget, which reflects the values of Taos County leaders and residents. As you look at the percentage of money spent on various activities, services and organizations, what is your assessment of the county’s commitment to children and families?
Example County Budget 2020
As values change, budgets change.
What 100% Taos and the entire 100% New Mexico initiative is proposing is new, reflecting a change is how local government works. We fully understand the historic role of city and county government and what it has accomplished. We also recognize that in order to ensure safe childhoods for 100%, new ways of doing government are required. Change will come by necessity, requiring a process of civic engagement and public awareness of the cost of trauma and the status quo. This is a process 100% Taos looks forward to facilitating. As we confirm our values about the importance of children leading trauma-free lives, our local budgets will reflect our new priority: 100% of children thrive.
Who decides what gets funded?
We wish to honor our local leaders and the work they do to create a robust Taos. Explore our leaders who control the budgets that impact the safety of all our children, as well the user-friendliness of local government programs and partnerships serving children, students, workers, parents and caregiving grandparents — everyone across Taos County.
Taos City Leaders
Taos County Leaders
DOES SIZE MATTER?
Not all resources to support residents come from local government. State government has a significant role in funding various sectors. Explore our graphic to see populations within each county and discuss with 100% Taos the impact of state funding and resources to ensure vital services.