Las Cruces Sun-News - LAS CRUCES - The accounting for the region's two housing authorities - currently straddled awkwardly between the city and county - could have already neatly merged had the city not dragged its feet to unify the agency, the executive director of the Housing Authority of the City of Las Cruces said Tuesday. "Everything came to a standstill and delayed us past our deadline," said Tom Hassell, executive director of the HACLC, during its work session 10 a.m. Tuesday. He said it should have been possible for the city, county and Housing Authority - the three moving parts of the fiscal affairs for Dona Ana County's public housing - to officially merge their housing finances into a single entity by July 1.
Formally merging the housing authority by that day, which is the end of the fiscal year, would have meant the agency could have started to have a single accounting audit rather than the dual audits it says are a waste. The current housing authority has 19 staff members, a five-member board and an executive director who oversee a total $7.4 million budget. The housing authority serves more than 5,000 people through various programs, including rent subsidies and management of 254 housing units. Read full story here: News New Mexico