Health Care District Back on Ballot. And Why This Time It May Pass

Tuesday, August 9th, the honorable, incorruptible, and always ethical elected officials of the Hidalgo County Commissioners Court overwhelmingly approved via a 4-1 vote, to allow the Proposition of a Health Care Taxing District to be on the General Election, November 8th ballot. Of the 5 deciding officials, only Eddie Cantu of Pct 2 was the dissenting vote.  Cantu’s primary reason behind his objection had to do with language on the petition, which were presented to the court by Juanita Valdez-Cox, Director of La Union de Pueblo Entero (LUPE), an illegal immigration advocacy group, and Father Jerry Frank, of Valley Interfaith.  The petition called for an 8 cent property tax for every $100 valuation.  According to Cantu, the setting for Health Care tax rate should be reserved exclusively for the Commissioner Court appointed “Board of Directors” and the tax rate ultimately approved by Hidalgo County Commissioners. According to Senate Bill 626, the ballot must specify a proposed tax rate. However, SB 626 also allows the Court appointed Board of Directors to set a tax rate, and to be approved by the Commissioners Court.  Essentially, the rate you see at the ballot box may not ultimately be the rate Hidalgo County tax payers will have. That rate will be decided behind closed doors.  As for why the proposed 8 cents, it’s likely that it was carried over from the first attempt at establishing a medical taxing district, which was narrowly defeated in November 2014.  However, unlike 2014, the 2016 version may have a better chance at passing, and it all comes down to the numbers…. Continue reading “Health Care District Back on Ballot. And Why This Time It May Pass”

Community Service Agency director goes M.I.A, valleydelta.com reveals why.

Jaime Longoria, Executive Director of Hidalgo County’s Community Service Agency, took an abrupt and sudden leave of absence this past week, leaving many concerned parties wondering as to why.  And it is with this question, that administrators of Hidalgo County, specifically; Valde Guerra, Hidalgo County Executive Officer, are withholding the answer… Continue reading “Community Service Agency director goes M.I.A, valleydelta.com reveals why.”

Hidalgo, TX is a big fat mess!

It would appear that residents in the Rio Grande Valley can’t go one week without hearing about some additional buffoonery coming out of the city of Hidalgo.  In fact, simple google searches would reveal that Hidalgo has been plagued by controversy for quite some time.  From commissioners placing restraining orders on one another, and using administrative influence to obtain business opportunities, to soliciting the services of a known drug trafficker to provide alcohol distribution, and topping off with a few knucklehead representatives embarrassing themselves and their city during a goodwill trip (ahem, vacation) in Brazil.  There has never been a shortage of shenanigans coming from the little city that couldn’t, Hidalgo, TX. Continue reading “Hidalgo, TX is a big fat mess!”