Pulido calls for Courthouse project referendum; wants voters to decide cost and location

Edinburg – Hidalgo County Judge candidate, Eloy Pulido would like Hidalgo County voters to have a hand in deciding the new courthouse cost and location, and is calling on a referendum to be placed in November 2018’s ballot that would allow this initiative to occur.  Pulido who supported voter involvement in the project, reaffirmed his position via a press release on January 21st.

Throughout the release, Pulido challenged the proposed cost of the project, including the proposed design, and offered an alternative location along Interstate 69 (US 281), which would be more assessable to staff, law enforcement, and visitors.  Current projected cost for the courthouse puts the project north of 130 million, and would sit in the same town square that the current courthouse resides.  The referendum proposed by Pulido would call for voter approval if project cost exceed 90 million dollars.

The courthouse project returned to the forefront of political consciousness when current Hidalgo County Judge, Ramon Garcia, pitched the project to neighboring city of Pharr, who appeared receptive to the offer.  The move was criticized by Pulido, aswell as newly elected Edinburg Mayor, Richard Molina as political posturing, as Garcia should have known the legal hurdles that would make the changing of county seats difficult, if not impossible.

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Cortez bends position on UTRGV Medical School funding; health care tax

Edinburg – Hidalgo County Judge candidate, Richard Cortez  appears to reneging on his committment to keep local tax payers dollars from supporting both UTRGV School of Medicine and the ever un-popular health care taxing district. Cortez spoke with Mark Hanna from The Rio Grande Guardian’s Conversation With The Candidates series.

Throughout the recorded conversation, Mr. Cortez reiterated is unwavering support for School of Medicine and the need to local citizens to invest (tax dollars) into the school if they ever want to see the school bear any economic fruit. Continue reading “Cortez bends position on UTRGV Medical School funding; health care tax”

RGV Vipers facility to not pay property taxes for 30 years

Edinburg – The lease agreement between the City of Edinburg and the Vipers’ Corporation, which seems to have been written by someone in the Vipers’ Corporation is clearly primarily beneficial to the Vipers’.   In fact, we fail to see any benefit to the city.

The lease payment to the City will be ONE DOLLAR A YEAR

  • The Vipers’ will have ultimate-use-authority over the facility, little or no revenue will come to the City for thirty years.
  • The Vipers’ authority includes leasing to private businesses certain areas of the facility.
  • The City will pay all utilities including a maintenance fee to ensure effective day-to-day operation.
  • NO PROPERTY TAXES WILL BE PAID to the City, County, ISD or other taxing bodies for thirty years.

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