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      McAllen voters to decide two bonds in upcoming election

      The McAllen bond election is quickly approaching and city leaders are asking its residents to vote on two propositions.

      The first proposition is to sell $35 million dollars in general obligation bonds to:

      • Build a youth baseball/softball complex
      • Add 10 adult soccer fields at De Leon Park
      • Develop the Botanical Garden site into a tennis complex
      • Re-develop Municipal Park into six adult softball fields

      The bond second proposition is to sell Westside Park.

      If the propositions pass, there will be a 3.5 cents tax increase, which is about $35 dollars a year on a one hundred thousand dollar home.

      The last time the City of McAllen had a tax rate change was in 1997, when the city lowered the tax rate.

      The mayor and several community organizations are asking voters to vote yes on both propositions.

      "When grandpa played in those fields, and daddy played in those fields, the grandsons would say, 'grandpa, daddy, it's time that we have some new fields, and I think that's where we are in McAllen," Mayor Richard Cortez said.

      The bond election is May 8.

      For more information call McAllen Parks and Recreation at 956-681-3333 or visit