Mexico Paying State $1 for Site of Temporary State Office

OCTOBER 18, 2006 - Posted at 4:22 p.m. CDT

LITTLE ROCK, AR - State officials say letting the Mexican government lease space for $1 per month while it prepares to open a consulate in Little Rock is good for business.

The state Building Authority says the space at Arkansas Rehabilitation Services is actually worth $572 per month.  But Robert Trevino, the rehabilitation services commissioner, says the lower rate is a better deal for the state.

Trevino says there's a good deal of business to be developed by having a Mexican consular presence in Arkansas.  Trevino, who formerly headed the state chapter of the League of United Latin American Citizens, helped bring the consulate to Arkansas.

Governor Huckabee said through spokeswoman Alice Stewart that the deal was "an act of good faith."

The temporary consulate opened in July.

(The Associated Press contributed to this report.)