All work on Arizona Historic Preservation Grant projects is to stop immediately…

E-mail memo from Arizona State Parks…

Dear HP Grant Recipients:

Most of you are aware the Arizona State Legislature is in the process of resolving a $1.5 billion dollar budget shortfall for the remainder of fiscal year 2009 and a $3.5 billion dollar shortfall for 2010.  All State Agencies are being hit hard and the affect to State Parks will be crippling.  It appears all of the State Parks administered state funded grant programs will be discontinued until further notice.

All work on Historic Preservation Grant projects is to stop immediately, effective February 1, 2009 (especially if HP Grant funds are critical to the completion of the project).  I need your Grant Reimbursement requests no later than 2/13/09.  Any project expenses incurred after 2/1/09 will not be reimbursed — doing otherwise could jeopardize the entire reimbursement.  Some of you have completed your project, please send the closeout documentation by 2/13/09.

The Governor and the Legislature have already passed a budget.  The State Parks Board is holding an emergency meeting on Tuesday 2/3/09 to determine the fate of the grant programs, existing grants, and State Parks personnel.  Information on the Parks Board Meeting has already been forwarded.

Words cannot express the deep personal sorrow I feel delivering this blow to historic preservation in Arizona.  All of you have demonstrated the passion necessary for preserving Arizona’s history and I know you will find a way to rise above this temporary set back.

The Winner says; “It may be difficult, but is it possible”
The Loser says;  “It may be possible, but is it too difficult”

/signed/