Today at a town hall meeting, open to the public, Hidalgo County says the drainage improvement are urgent.
The Hidalgo Drainage District Number One approved an order and resolution to call a special bond election in November for the issuance of 184 million to upgrade the drainage system; something that hasn’t been done since the 70s.
The proposed projects include the master drainage plan of $84 million to update of 24 projects all over Hidalgo County and a $100 million for the drain that will take money out to the Willacy County Bay. Therefore it holds the name “Raymondville Drain”. The separate drain project will not start until an official commitment from the federal government.
The impact to taxpayers residing in the drainage district may be up to 2.5 cents levy for the $84 million bond; it translates into a taxpayer with a $100,000 property valuation might pay an additional $25 per year.
Tax rate will not affect property owners who are 65 years or older.
For more detailed information on the Hidalgo County Drainage you can check out the web site ( www.hcdrainage.org ). They will be having more town hall meetings from now until elections.
Laura Cavazos, FOX 2 News.