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VOTE 2018: Edinburg drainage bond

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Edinburg residents will see a drainage bond on their ballot this upcoming election, that would dictate how much funding the City of Edinburg can spend on drainage projects in the future.

Proposition C is asking for residents to approve a $20.2 million bond.

The bond would help fund four detention ponds around the city on Doolittle Road, Shunior Road, Sugar Road and South Veterans Boulevard.

Mardoqueo Hinojosa, an engineer with the City of Edinburg, says the detention ponds would help retain the water in Edinburg before being released into the county.

“The intent with these is so that the city holds its own water and slowly released back into the existing system without creating further impact," said Hinojosa.

Hinojosa says the bond would raise property taxes by 3 and a half cents per $100. For a home valued at $120,000, property taxes would be raised about $44 a year.

This proposition is only for the City of Edinburg, the county has been working on their own drainage bond project.

Presenters say they are currently working with the county to prevent extreme flooding, like the flooding event in June.

“The counties, they overflowed in the county ditches, so none of the sub-divisions that drained to their or any of our systems, could not come out,” said a presenter.

The city of Edinburg has scheduled to have another meeting on Wednesday and Thursday about propositions that will be on the ballot.

You can find more information by visiting the city’s website at http://www.cityofedinburg.com or on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/CityofEdinburgGovernment.

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