TAOS COUNTY, NEW MEXICO
Budgets & Values
What do our local government budgets say about our values toward our children’s health, safety and resilience?
This page provides Taos County residents with the information and resources to identify the priority areas of the county budget, the taxpayer-supported economic engines that reflect our values.
SOLUTIONS ARE LOCAL
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 and county budgets
First, let’s take a look at your city budget, which reflects the values of the people of the city 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?
Your Taos city budget can be accessed by visiting city hall. Analysis of the budget will show residents what percentage of the budget goes to ensuring the health and safety of children and families.
Taos City Lawmakers
Taos County Lawmakers
Your Taos County budget can be accessed by visiting county government. Analysis of the budget will show all county residents what percentage of the budget goes to ensuring the health and safety of children and families across all communities within the county’s borders.
POPULATION SIZE AND SUPPORT
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.
100% Taos initiative participants are strengthening partnerships with elected leaders and those in charge of city and county services. By collaborating, a seamless system of care, support and empowerment can be built to support every community within the county’s borders. The shared vision is 100% can thrive.
OUR RETURN ON INVESTMENT
We believe that our children are our number one priority. Our local budgets can reflect that every year. As for what our investment provides us with, we offer healthy children, empowered students, job ready adults and self-sufficient families. We can reduce our costly health challenges that diminish our lives. Our investment in vital services means we can endure public health crises and economic disruptions. The initiative is a measurable process that can show what is possible when a culture of caring guides the creation of a city and county budget.
You’re invited to become part of a groundbreaking initiative as the 100% Taos initiative demonstrates how to create truly family-friendly and well-resourced communities across a city and county. Local 100%ers and partnering innovators in the public and private sectors are the key. Join us and the hundreds of 100% initiative folks across the county and state in this inspiring first-of-its-kind endeavor in the nation.