Hospital lawsuit dismissed; village does not have standing

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A decision by a district court judge Thursday has put the Belen hospital project back on track.
After nearly an hour of arguments from attorneys representing the city of Belen, Valencia County and village of Los Lunas, Second Judicial District Court Judge Valerie Huling ruled that Los Lunas did not have standing to bring a case against Belen and the county, and granted their motions to dismiss the case.
The village filed suit in July, just weeks after a memorandum of understanding was adopted between Belen and the county to build a hospital in Belen. As part of the MOA, the city would solicit and select a health care provider to build and manage the hospital, and the county would convey the mill levy money to that company.
Los Lunas claimed the agreement was illegal because the county could not delegate its authority to select a health care provider for the hospital to Belen.
For the complete story, read Thursday’s edition of the News-Bulletin.


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