Santa Fe city council may ask AG to audit council

New Mexico Attorney General Hector Balderas reviews documents related to a lawsuit against one of the nation's largest nursing home chains in his office in Albuquerque N.M., on Tuesday, March 31, 2015. Balderas said he decided to pursue the lawsuit following a months' long review of the merits of the case to ensure it was in the best interest of New Mexicans. (AP Photo/Susan Montoya Bryan)
(AP Photo/Susan Montoya Bryan)

SANTA FE (KRQE) – The Santa Fe City Council may ask for the state attorney general’s to conduct a criminal audit of themselves. An accounting firm says the City of Santa Fe mismanaged more than $30 million of money meant for park projects. The money came through a 2008 bond.

Instead of bidding the projects to private contractors, the city assigned city employees to do the work. The city wanted to avoid layoffs because of the economic crash but there are questions about the money and if it was overspent.

City Councilor Carmichael Dominguez tells the Santa Fe New Mexican he wants to regain the public’s trust. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Users who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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