Sunday, May 13, 2012
Free rent for the Arizona Historical Society
As reported in the original June 5th, 2010 post on this blog, the Governor’s office claimed the top rated Arizona Mining and Mineral Museum was eliminated because of rent. Although museum operations and K-12 education programs were self-supporting, the museum did not generate enough revenue to pay the artificially inflated rent on the state owned building.
The Arizona Historical Society’s Marley Center Museum in Tempe (AKA the History Museum at Papago Park) is over four times the size of the former mineral museum building and it has fewer visitors than the mineral museum did. Near the end of the 2012 regular session, the Arizona Senate passed Senate Bill 1525. The fact sheet for bill 1525 includes the following provision:
Exempts the Arizona State Schools for the Deaf and the Blind and the Arizona Historical Society’s Papago Park Museum from paying Capital Outlay Stabilization Fund (COSF) rent to the Arizona Department of Administration (ADOA), effective January 1, 2013.