If approved, the $25 million will improve drainage, traffic problems

McAllen bond election this May

By Gregg Romero Wendorf

The good news for the City of McAllen is that it is not asking voters to approve this May anywhere near the (failed) $297 million bond proposal that McAllen ISD floated three years ago. Nor is it asking voters to pass the whopping $399.5 bond proposal that Fort Worth is asking residents to approve this May. Compared to those numbers, one might say that $25 million (total amount of two bond propositions) McAllen is asking for seems relatively tame.
“If the (two bond propositions) pass,” said McAllen
defense attorney, Michael McCrum, in an effort to push back Delgado’s scheduled May 7 Houston trial date. U.S. attorneys didn’t object to the motion, which means the earliest Delgado will face his accusers will take place in August. Trial dates for September and October were also mentioned in McCrum’s motion.
Why the request for more time? In McCrum’s motion, he cites what the government City Manager Roy Rodriguez, “it’s about $2 (more in taxes) per month for the average home (owner). I want to say $2.04; something like that.”
In McAllen, said Rodriguez, the average home is currently valued at approximately $120,000.
The two bonds are listed as propositions on the May 5 ballot: Proposition A, which is for $22 million for drainage improvements; and Proposition B, which is for $3 million in traffic improvements.
The city commission voted unanimously in February to approve the bond election. The city’s staff and elected officials are in the process now of gearing up to host town hall meetings to explain in detail

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