A nonprofit group says it can give Las Vegas a good bargain by helping the community seek state and federal grants. The City Council isn’t so sure.
The council voted last week to delay a decision on whether to pay annual dues of $2,100 to the Santa Fe-based North Central Economic Development District.
The state considers the district the planning agency for this area of the state, while the federal government sees it as the economic development district that can bring Department of Commerce grants to communities.
The district has recently helped the city with its effort to secure a $1 million grant from the Department of Commerce’s Economic Development Administration for the MainStreet improvements on Grand Avenue.
Elmer Martinez, the city’s community development director, said the city has been a member of North Central for years, but hasn’t received an invoice for dues for several years. He said the city only uses the district’s resources for large projects.
Martinez said the city hadn’t planned for the $2,100 in the budget but could move some funds around.
Martinez and Interim City Manager Jeff Condrey both said it seems as if North Central pays more attention to communities on the other side of the mountains.
Councilman Andrew Feldman asked if the city would suffer if it voted down the membership dues.
“It could,” Martinez said.
Martinez added that a North Central representative should show up at a meeting to answer some of the city’s questions.
The council voted unanimously to delay a decision on the dues.