Here in Rio Rancho, we’ve got a good thing going!

Since establishing the Public Safety Bond schedule in 2018, millions have been invested to increase police and fire and rescue by more than 60%. New positions have been added, compensation has been increased for recruitment and retention, and police, fire and rescue equipment has been updated and added to the fleet. The results: Fire and rescue is in the top 4% across the country with an ISO rating of 2. This influences home insurance. Rio Rancho is the safest community in the state with populations over 50,000. Crime is 28% below the national average.

Rio Rancho’s economic stability has never been better. The city’s credit rating has been upgraded because of the permanent fund, squeaky clean audits and national budget awards. This keeps our interest costs down and allows us to cash fund many projects, thereby not occurring interest and not increasing current and future debt and keeping taxes down.

We continue to make progress on roads. Since establishing the road bond schedule, we’ve invested more than $108 million sourced from federal, state and bond funding and completed 38 major road projects with more projects under way. By the end of this fiscal year, we will have completed resurfacing or crack patching on 40% of our residential streets and we have money in the have budget to keep residential projects going.

Economic development brings new businesses that help expand city services. New businesses increase our tax base – not our tax rates. These taxes help pay for public safety, roads, parks, libraries and other city services. More new businesses give us more opportunities to buy in Rio Rancho, supporting more new job opportunities. A few new businesses include Sprouts in Enchanted Hills, Albertsons Market Street at Unser Gateway, Raising Cane’s at Southern and Unser plus two new internet/cable companies; Comcast/Infinity and Vexus Fiber, each of which is investing more than $150 million in our community to expand internet access.

Our city council is getting the job done. This is no time to change horses in mid-stream!

Voting started Feb. 3 at Broadmoor Senior Center with many more locations added Feb. 17 and Election Day, March 5.

Dave Heil
Rio Rancho
Sandoval County commissioner