--2 What Taxpayers' 400th Anniversary Money Is Buying
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What Taxpayers' 400th Anniversary Money Is Buying

October 20, 2009, 12:00 am
By Corey Pein
Santa Fe City Councilor Matt Ortiz gave SFR a look at a binder showing the expenses and revenues of Santa Fe 400th Anniversary, Inc, the largely public-funded non-profit organization that's staging events for the celebration. In SFR's earlier reporting on the anniversary budget, 400th Executive Director Libby Dover declined to share such details. But now that the non-profit, aka "the committee," is asking the city for another $750,000—see the New Mex story today—they didn't have much choice but to open their books.

Some highlights:

Dover makes $10,000 a month!

The other five employees average $4,000 a month. Not bad considering the local average.

Salaries aside, it's a pretty bare-bones operation.

The chair of the committee (Maurice Bonal) has his own office at $300 a month. For what? Meeting with all those corporate sponsors they don't have?

Whoever manages the committee's decent-looking but content-free website (the registered administrative and technical contact is Bonal) is pulling $2,100 a month. Hmm... (Their graphic designer has a pretty good gig, too.)

The committee expects to bring in under $200,000 in revenue from events.

One more after the cut.



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