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Simon Properties will not charge Girl Scouts for fundraiser

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It was a close call for the Girl Scouts of Central Texas. Their biggest fundraiser almost took a hit after Simon Properties told several Girl Scout volunteers there would be a weekly $200 charge for booth space at any of their nine locations.

In the past volunteers say they have used the booth space for free to sell cookies.

"Those are prime spots for our girls, they have to sign up for their booths ahead of time and those booths go immediately because they have such traffic," said Lolis Garcia-Baab of Girl Scouts of Central Texas.

Louise says the Girl Scout cookie season kicks off January 19 and it's the biggest money maker for the organization. Last year the Girl Scouts of Central Texas sold more than 2 million cookie boxes.

That brought in $8 million into the program. The move had troops looking for other places to set up booths.

Although they said Simon's move would no doubt put a dent in their fundraising efforts FOX 7 has been talking to Simon Properties since Thursday trying to figure out why the change this year.

On Friday, Simon Properties says each case is dealt with on a case by case basis and they will not be charging booth space.

They released the following statement:

"We have enjoyed welcoming the Girl Scouts into our centers over many years, and plan to continue this tradition as a community service at no charge to the Girl Scouts."

So expect to see the troops at major malls in Austin.

LINK: Girl Scouts of Central Texas

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