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.

The press release is provided in full below. Continue reading “Pulido calls for Courthouse project referendum; wants voters to decide cost and location”