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McAllen residents to vote on multimillion-dollar bond issues

The city of McAllen's bond election is about a month away and it involves some huge investments.

The city of McAllen's bond election is about a month away and it involves some huge investments.

The growth of population in the Rio Grande Valley has created issues for many of its cities, namely, infrastructure falling behind as the number of residents goes up.

To identify concerns within the community, the city sends surveys to residents every three years where they rate the city on its services. Rodriguez said that the three areas that scored highly were facilities, drainage and traffic mobility.

In an effort to meet the needs of residents, McAllen is considering asking voters to approve a $3 million bond for traffic control and a $22 million bond for drainage improvements.

"There's a total of $46 million worth of work to do in drainage [and] we're only asking for 22 [million] because we've identified other sources for the rest of the project,” said McAllen City Manager Roy Rodriguez.

While the bonds are separated on the ballot, according to the city, residents will be paying about $24 a year if the bonds are issued.

However, McAllen residents, like Pete Espinosa, have conflicting feelings about the bonds.

"I think the amount on the traffic bonds seems reasonable,” said Espinosa. “The drainage amount seems a little bit something that the citizens should certainly look at.”

For more information on the bond issues, visit McAllen’s website.

Early voting will be held from April 23 to May 1. Election Day is on May 5.




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