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La Feria commissioner resignation reveals city's massive debt

It was the last city commission meeting tonight for Eric Hoff who announced his resignation as La Feria Commissioner for Place 2.

It was the last city commission meeting Tuesday night for Eric Hoff, who announced his resignation as La Feria Commissioner for Place 2.

Hoff said he resigned due to the loss of his only son, but in his speech, he mentioned that the commission inherited empty bank accounts with some in the negatives.

However, with a new city manager, the city ordered a 2016 audit and found in the past five years, the city had spent almost $48 million while only bringing in $40 million.

In addition, about $3 million of special bond money was misused, which was supposed to go toward specific projects like a new police station. Instead, the bond money was spent on general fund expenditures.

"My opinion, just mismanagement by the prior city administration, but again it's a deep hole [and] we're definitely on the road to recovery,” said Hoff.

La Feria will be holding special elections scheduled for Nov. 6 where voters will decide on who will fulfill Hoff’s position.


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