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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Joseph Palacio’s wife transferred to Hidalgo Co Public Relations Dept

The transfer has been criticized as a conflict of interest risk.

Edinburg – The Hidalgo County Commissioners Court on Tuesday approved of a lateral transfer of the wife of County Commissioner, Joseph Palacio’s from Health and Human Services Department to the Public Relations Department.   Palacios’s abstained from the vote.

Misti Palacios will retain the same job title, and pay of Executive Assistant IV once the move becomes effective on January 1, 2018. Continue reading “Joseph Palacio’s wife transferred to Hidalgo Co Public Relations Dept”

McAllen proposes “Drainage Utility Fee” to address drainage concerns

McAllen – The City of McAllen is proposing a creation of a “Drainage Utility Fee” ordinance in order to fund drainage related improvements.  The city held a public informational to address citizens questions and concerns on Monday, December 18 and will hold an other informational tonight at Palmview Community Center.

Citizens have acknowledged the need for drainage improvements, but question why households are expected to foot the bill, considering alternative funding methods may already be available. Continue reading “McAllen proposes “Drainage Utility Fee” to address drainage concerns”

Deadline looming, still no GOP challenger for Dist 41

December 11th is fast approaching, and the Republican Party has yet to field a candidate to challenge Robert “Bobby” Guerra for his Texas House of Representatives District 41 seat. Guerra, the incumbent, has irked out two victories against GOP opponents, one in 2014, the other in 2016.

Many political observers have determined that District 41 to be one of the most competitive offices for Republicans in the otherwise dominant Democratic Rio Grande Valley.  Continue reading “Deadline looming, still no GOP challenger for Dist 41”

Edinburg High School takes action after receiving anonymous threat

Edinburg – Law enforcement from several departments took immediate action to secure the safety of staff and students due to an anonymous threat that was received by school officials.

Parents were notified shortly after 7 am regarding the threat,  causing many parents to check in with their children to verify their safety.

Edinburg CISD police, along with law officers from the Edinburg Police Department, and Texas Department of Public Safety worked to secure school grounds.  Continue reading “Edinburg High School takes action after receiving anonymous threat”

Hidalgo Co citizens petition County Judge to end renewed health care tax push

Citizens of Hidalgo County have had enough with the health care taxing debate and are voicing their objection to Hidalgo County Judge Ramon Garcia through an online petition.

The petition, created by resident Robert Bonds, seeks to obtain at least 500 signatures before being presented to Garcia, and the rest of the county commissioners.  As of Monday night, the petition has generated a little over 300 signatures. Continue reading “Hidalgo Co citizens petition County Judge to end renewed health care tax push”

Commentary: The Cost of Criminal Illegal Immigrants in the US and Texas

by Debi Deason, Guest Contributor

According to an article in  “The Hill newspaper in April 2017 written by Ron Martinelli, in 2014 50% of all federal crimes committed in the United States were committed near the US/Mexico border.

In total, 27,436 of the 61,529 total federal crimes were committed in states that border Mexico.  The Western District of Texas had the most with 6,300 followed by the southern district of Texas at over 6,000. California Arizona and New Mexico or third fourth and fifth respectively.” Continue reading “Commentary: The Cost of Criminal Illegal Immigrants in the US and Texas”

UTRGV Medical School Dean wants taxpayers to “step up” and support health care tax

Edinburg –  John Krouse, the dean of the School of Medicine at UTRGV would like the citizens of Hidalgo County to support a health care taxing district, this according to comments he made at Tuesday’s Health care forum, hosted by the Texas Tribune.

Krouse was also joined by state Representatives Juan “Chuy” Hinojosa and Oscar Longoria, and U.S. Rep Filemon Vela, with each giving their opinion and insight on the health care conundrum in the Rio Grande Valley.

When the ever important topic on how the health care problem will be funded, Krouse used the opportunity to lecture the public on what their roles are as cash givers. Continue reading “UTRGV Medical School Dean wants taxpayers to “step up” and support health care tax”

Hidalgo County: No action on Health Care Funding District for second straight week

Edinburg – For the second straight week, the Hidalgo County Commissioners Court have taken no action on the “Health Care Funding District.” Possible discussion of the health care funding district have been scheduled for the past two weeks, appearing as listed items on the Hidalgo County agenda. Continue reading “Hidalgo County: No action on Health Care Funding District for second straight week”

What Facts Have the Media Ignored Regarding Illegal Immigration?

-EMPOWER TEXAS

Liberal-leaning media outlets have all but ignored the negative impact of illegal immigration. And in their desperate attempt to distort reform efforts aimed at improving public safety, they’ve also misled the public. But the facts published by Texas’ own government make a compelling case for the reforms that passed in 2017.

On May 7, 2017, Texas Gov. Greg Abbott signed Senate Bill 4 (SB 4), a bill that requires local law enforcement to cooperate with federal authorities in order to enforce existing immigration laws.

Local officials who violate the newly enacted law may face criminal sanctions. And as a result of an amendment authored by State Rep. Matt Rinaldi (R-Irving), a member of the Texas Freedom Caucus, these officials may also be removed from public office.

Despite the rampant media spin, SB 4 did not grant any new powers to local law enforcement officers, nor did it sanction “racial profiling.” In fact, it explicitly prohibits profiling. But many so-called reporters don’t read legislation, they recklessly recirculate liberal talking points. In a letter mailed to his constituents, Rinaldi wrote:

“SB 4 contains safeguards to protect individuals from racial profiling and prohibits law enforcement from inquiring as to the immigration status of those who report a crime. Contrary to many misleading news reports, local law enforcement is also prohibited from stopping any individual merely because they suspect them of an immigration violation.”

After Abbott signed SB 4, public sector unions and other liberal groups bused in hundreds of protestors to the Texas Capitol to protest what they called a “racist” law. The protest quickly turned into a violent mob, resulting in the unlawful disruption of Texas House proceedings.

Rinaldi said he received threats by two Democrat lawmakers, who were seen on video shoving Rinaldi on the House floor. Rinaldi was escorted out of the House chamber and placed under DPS protection. Predictably, many in the media labeled Rinaldi as the aggressor, rather than the victim.

While mainstream media outlets continued to distort the bill’s provisions, they also refuse to report on the public safety risk posed by illegal immigrants who have committed other crimes while living in Texas.

Since 2011 – according to Texas’ Department of Public Safety (DPS) – there have been over 606,000 criminal offenses in Texas committed by 228,000 individuals with illegal status. Many of the crimes are violent in nature. Of the 606,000 crimes in total, 1,273 were murders, 72,203 were assaults, while 6,516 were sexual assaults. Rinaldi accurately described the positive public safety impact SB 4 could have:

“Of these 228,000 illegal immigrants, over 152,000 (66 percent) were identified by the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) as having illegal status at the time of their previous arrest. As a result, SB 4 should have a significant crime deterrent effect.”

The facts surrounding the negative impact of criminal aliens are overwhelming. Crimes committed by anyone – including illegal immigrants – put the safety of Texans and their families at risk.

While many in the dinosaur media have done their best to distort SB 4, the facts speak for themselves. Conservatives like Rinaldi should be commended for standing strong for the safety of all Texans, especially in the face of vicious attacks by Democrats and their media propagandists.

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