King: "The Board It Needs to Take Care of This"

Clara Apodaca - NHCC Foundation
Veritas New Mexico - For the first time in nearly a decade, the National Hispanic Cultural Center (NHCC)’s private fundraising foundation will pay rent for its state offices at the Center. The New Mexico Constitution’s anti-donation clause prohibits the donation of state goods, property or services to private entities. But for at least a decade, Center staffers say, the Foundation has used its offices rent-free. The NHCC Foundation has agreed to start paying the state $1,486 a month – or $17,840 per year — for its 1,220 square feet of office space and 650 square feet of storage space, according to a lease agreement reviewed by Veritas New Mexico at the NHCC’s June 9 board meeting. The one-year lease begins July 1 and the first month’s rent will be due that day. Center officials were hopeful the NHCC Foundation would honor the terms of the lease. “I hope this works out,” acting Center director Gary Romero said. “The AG’s been telling the board it needs to take care of this.” Read full story here: News New Mexico


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