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UPDATED: Grants MainStreet Project Manager Quits

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — Randy Hoffman has resigned as project manager of Grants MainStreet, the Cibola Beacon reported.

“It was totally unexpected,” MainStreet board president Delores Vallejos told the Beacon in a phone interview Friday.

Vallejos said Hoffman gave her a letter of resignation last Tuesday, and the board met Wednesday afternoon and unanimously accepted Hoffman’s resignation, the paper reported.

Earlier this year, three board members quit, another moved away, and the organization lost its nonprofit 501(c)(3) status, the Beacon said.

The three board members who quit reportedly left because they were unhappy with Hoffman’s wife serving both as an employee of MainStreet as a secretary and serving as the board’s secretary, and the three former members wanted more accountability in bookkeeping procedures, according to the Beacon.

Board vice president Bob Clark told the Beacon he saw no correlation between Hoffman’s resignation and the complaints voiced by the former board members.

“I believe Randy is tired … we wish him great success in all his endeavors,” Clark told the paper.

Hoffman will remain as project manager until Sept. 30, according to a Grants MainStreet news release.

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9:03am 7/13/11 — Grants MainStreet Has 501(c)(3) Status Revoked

Grants MainStreet had its federal tax-exempt status as a 501(c)(3) charitable organization revoked for failing to file an annual information return or notice with the Internal Revenue Service for three consecutive years, the Cibola Beacon reported.

The date of revocation was Nov. 15, 2010, and it was only posted on June 9, 2011, and the Grants MainStreet Project was one of 275,000 organizations nationwide to lose its charitable organization status, the Beacon said.

The Beacon reported that when contacted last week MainStreet President Delores Vallejos and Vice President Bob Clark were unaware of the revocation, nor were two of the organization’s major funders, the city of Grants and Cibola County.

Vallejos told the paper that the organization is working to get the tax-exempt status back by the end of this month.

“It is in the best interest of MainStreet to get their 501(c)(3) status back and keep it,” Grants City Manager Bob Horacek told the Beacon. “It is very unfortunate they lost it.”

Cibola County Chairman Eddie Michael said last week the county expected MainStreet to get its tax-exempt status back, but said “this does not look good on their day-to-day operations,” the Beacon said.

According to the IRS, in order to be reinstated, MainStreet must pay anywhere from $400 to $850 and must provide a written statement setting forth all the facts for reasonable cause for failing to require the required return or notice in each of the three consecutive years and over the entire three-year period, the paper reported.

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