City of Edinburg, Hidalgo Co. Voters to Decide on Bonds for Drainage Improvements
WESLACO – The flooding throughout the Rio Grande Valley in recent months has caused many cities to focus on improving drainage.
The heavy storms in June dropped a massive amount of water in a short period of time.
KRGV’s Michael Scott spoke with a resident whose home was a total loss because of flooding.
Due to the recent effects of heavy storms, Hidalgo County Drainage District 1 is asking voters to pass a $190 million bond; the city of Edinburg is asking its voters to pass a $20 million bond.
For Hidalgo County, 37 projects would be set to improve the drainage for nearly 70,000 families and business owners.
“The projects that we are working on right now and the majority of projects proposed in this bond issuance, outfall into the IBWC flood way so we need to do improvements in these areas," says Hidalgo County Drainage District 1 Manager Raul Sesin.
For the city of Edinburg, Proposition C would help to build four detention ponds throughout the city, which will help hold in excess water during major storms.
If passed, Hidalgo County property owners would pay a three cent tax increase each month per $100,000 valuation, roughly $30 per year.
In Edinburg, property owners would pay $3.68 a month, or roughly $44 per year, based on a $120,321 valuation.
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