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I have checked also and the VPI pays no rent to the county in fact it does not have a lease agreement and who pays their expenses such as phone mailing costs.
Maybe county auditor can show rent payments and expense payments
Thank you, David for the correction on the rental payments. I had information that said they didn't, and I didn't find it in the County budget as income (of course that was sifting through a jillion pages...)
Appreciate it David.
EdithAnn, you are correct about that being the Victoria County Archives building. It was listed on the city council and sales tax board agendas as the "Victoria Preservation Inc./Archives Building." The commissioners court agenda listed it as just the archives building, hence my confusion.
You are also correct that Gary Dunnam serves as Victoria County Heritage director and the executive director of Victoria Preservation Inc.
However, VPI does rent space in the archives building and pays the county $13,160 a year.
Sorry for the long explanation.
From my comment on the county budget story:
By the way, the Victoria County Archives are housed in the older Bell Telephone Building. Victoria Preservation, Inc. has an office in that building. They do not pay rent to the county for this space.
Oh, the Victoria County Heritage Director, and the Executive Director of Victoria Preservation Inc. are the same person.
Perhaps the VICAD or Ocker will find out why the County allows a private company to use county property.
The Texas Constitution prohibits such conduct and the Texas Penal Code makes it a violation of law for any public employee to use county property for private purposes
This is an example of why tax abatements should not be awarded to businesses. The ONLY recourse to recoup the lost tax monies on this real property is via the courts--at taxpayer expense.
There is no Victoria Preservation Inc. building.
VPI uses space in a COUNTY building at no charge to VPI.