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Hidalgo County Commissioners Court approved a resolution in support of Proposition 6 - a constitutional amendment that establishes a State Water Implementation Fund for Texas (SWIFT). Proposition 6 would authorize the use of $2 billion to create a new fund to finance Texas water projects as approved in the State Water Plan. Proposition 6 is on the ballot this November 5 election, and if approved by voters, the water fund will support billions in loans to farmers, businesses and cities to help upgrade agricultural irrigation, equipment, install more efficient appliances, and repair leaking water mains.
City of McAllen Mayor Jim Darling was in attendance, thanking Commissioners Court for their support of the resolution, noting that the amendment would greatly impact and benefit local projects in Hidalgo County. Commissioners Court approved the resolution in support of Proposition 6, which will serve to create a reliable supply of water in Texas for future generations, and encourages all Hidalgo County citizens to vote "YES" to Proposition 6 on November 5th.
With early voting underway, Hidalgo County Elections Department Chief Administrator Yvonne Ramon encourages citizens to get out and vote. Early voting began Monday, October 21, 2013 and will continue through Friday, November 1, 2013 at various locations through out Hidalgo County. The Hidalgo County Elections Department reminds registered voters to be prepared to present photo identification when going to cast their vote. If citizens do not possess an approved from of ID and meet eligibility requirements, they can apply for an Elections Identification Card, free of charge, at Texas Department of Public Safety offices.