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City of McAllen proposes bond to solve drainage issues

The future of McAllen's drainage system will soon be in the hands of residents.

The future of McAllen's drainage system will soon be in the hands of residents.

Monday evening, the city voted to put a $25 million bond election on the May 5 ballot.

If voters approve it, the funds will go towards newer drainage systems to stop the flooding problem in McAllen.

"When we did our citizen survey, traffic was number one and drainage was number two or three," said McAllen Mayor Jim Darling. "So, we know the citizens are concerned about it."

Darling says for a home averaging $100,000, they will pay an extra $1.50 in taxes each month.If your home averages less than that, the tax rate will be less.

The bond isn't just solving drainage issues; $22 million will go towards drainage problems and $3 million will go to fixing traffic flow and street lights.

"This would mean buying new brains, new computers, new controllers, new cabinets, for all of those boxes you see at the intersections, to either upgrade or replace those cabinets," said Rodriguez.

Rodriguez says a plan to fix drainage and traffic flow has been in the works for around three years.

A voting location has not been announced.


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