McAllen mayor addresses low crime rate in State of the City address
All eyes were on the city of Mcallen Tuesday afternoon as hundreds of people came together for this year's "Safe and Sound" State of the City address.
One of the notable topics of discussion was the city's financial sector. McAllen Mayor Jim Darling says the city's 2017 budget was over $367 million. Over the past two years, the city has had over half a billion dollars in new construction.
Darling added that Mcallen has low property rates and a strong retail sector.
"Sales taxes is still king in Mcallen," Darling said. "In 2017, Mcallen generated one of the highest tax revenue per capita in the state of Texas."
Annual sale tax collection was around $58.6 million last year. Darling highlighted the contribution of Mexican nationals who shop at Mcallen stores, adding that the city's financial growth is already off to a good start.
Staying true to the address' theme, Darling deemed Mcallen as one of the safest cities in the state of Texas, citing Mcallen's lowest crime rate in 33 years.
The mayor also spoke about the measures in place to ensure the safety of residents. Last year, Mcallen emergency crews responded to the scene only four minutes after receiving a 911 call.
"Because our fire department is so well-equipped, thanks to the support of the city's commission, our city's safety insurance rating was recently improved to it's best level ever."
Darling also acknowledged the increase in violence across the border in Reynosa.
According to Darling, the city is working closely with the Mexican government to ensure the safe travel of people commuting across the border.