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Sunland Park Mayor Pro Tem: City Is Broke


POSTED: Wednesday, April 11, 2012 - 8:21pm

UPDATED: Wednesday, April 11, 2012 - 9:08pm

Sunland Park's Mayor Pro Tem Isabel Santos says the city doesn't have any money left.

Isabel Santos has been mayor pro tem since last month, and that’s been long enough to understand the challenges facing Sunland Park.

Extortion and fraud charges have tarnished the city's good name, but Santos says the city faces many other problems.

In fact, she says the city is broke.

"We are in very bad economic situation. In this moment, the city, we don't have money. We don't have anything, and it's hard because we try to work for the community,” said Santos.

Santos says the city's infrastructure needs a lot of repair, but the town has very few resources to do the job.

"We have a lot of problems in the streets, here in the city hall. We have a lot of problems, but we don't have money," said Santos.

Santos says she knows exactly who's to blame.

"This moment, the city is a critical situation because another administration has given nothing to us,” said Santos.

The previous administration includes former Mayor Elect Daniel Salinas. Salinas was arrested for a third time last week. This time he’s accused of using city money on strippers and prostitutes.

"Right now it's very hard for him, for the family, for the community and for us. We are working here and we don't understand why this happened,” said Santos.

During Thursday’s city council meeting, Santos says the city council will declare the mayor's seat vacant, leading the way for council to appoint a new mayor.

Santos insists that she and city council are working for the city's best interest.

"We try. All the city councilors to respect to the people. You know, we try to work the most honest for them,” said Santos.

The New Mexico Governor's office is withholding any legal action against Sunland Park, until the state auditor releases their report. The report could be completed as soon as next week.

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