Edinburg approves special bond election
By a unanimous vote, the city of Edinburg is leaving it to residents to decide on a $20 million bond for drainage and a $10 million bond for roadway improvements.
If the majority of the voters supports the bonds, it means taxes will increase.
"If this pass it adds up to the average taxpayer paying an extra $21 a year,” said Edinburg Mayor, Richard Molina. “So it's something like a $1.80-$2.00 that they'll be paying for one of the items that's on the agenda."
However, city manager Pilar Rodriguez said it will cost the city about $175 million to fix everything— which they can’t afford to do.
“If we were to put every single penny that the city has in revenues, we would have to put it into those efforts for over three years and not pay for anything else,” said Rodriguez.
Many people are wondering why the city can’t pay for it right now, but Rodriguez adds that the city’s money is tied up with previously approved projects for drainage and roads.
The special bond election will be held on Nov. 6 when people will also be voting on term limits for city council members, the mayor and municipal judges.