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L-R Paul Villarreal and Sergio Cruz
L-R: Paul Villarreal and Sergio Cruz

Commissioners Court will not raise taxes in 2019

Hidalgo County Tax Assessor-Collector Pablo "Paul" Villarreal Jr. joined Budget Officer Sergio Cruz to present the benchmark report on 2018 tax rates, which includes the effective tax rate, the rollback rate, and last year's tax rate.

According to Villarreal, the "Effective Tax Rate," the tax that is required to maintain the county's operating budget is .5978 cents. Commissioners Court voted to not increase taxes and keep to the current tax rate of 58 cents per $100 valuation.

"Last year, after not raising taxes for well over a dozen years, Commissioners Court was able to lower taxes from 59 to 58 cents," said Precinct 2 Commissioner Eduardo "Eddie" Cantu. "The county is in a strong financial state, which is why we are able to fund county operations without the need to increase the tax rate."

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Sal Del Rey
Hidalgo Y Costilla
Hidalgo 1936

County takes steps to safeguard historical markers 

As preconstruction on the courthouse nears, Commissioners Court on Tuesday took steps to ensure the preservation of historical markers located on the grounds.

The three markers will be relocated to a secure location for the duration of the courthouse construction.

"We are working with the Museum of South Texas History to store the historical markers for the county," said County Executive Officer Valde Guerra.

The historical markers (shown above from L-R) are: Sal Del Rey, Padre Miguel Hidalgo y Costilla, and the 1936 Hidalgo County Courthouse marker. 

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Veterans Affairs
Veteran's Service Officer Emilio De Los Santos (left) and Assistant VSO Alex Figueroa with Commissioners Court.

Having a seat at the table: Veteran's Service officers appointed to board

Commissioners Court authorized Precinct 4 Commissioner Joseph Palacios to nominate Hidalgo County Veterans Service Office employees Emilio De Los Santos and Alex Figueroa to the VA Texas Valley Coastal Bend Health Care System Management Advisory Council.

In 2010, the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs recognized the need to expand health care services in Deep South Texas and approved the Valley Coastal Bend Health Care System to serve 20 counties comprised of the Laredo, McAllen, Harlingen, and Corpus Christi service areas. Prior to that, valley veterans were served by the health care system in San Antonio, said De Los Santos, who serves as Hidalgo County's Veteran's Service Officer.  

"The change allowed us an opportunity to sit down with the VA and other veterans organizations to talk about the needs of veterans," De Los Santos said. "It also gives us a voice in determining other healthcare initiatives for veterans."

Another benefit from the change to Valley Coastal Bend, has been an increase in funding for the region. De Los Santos said before 2010, valley veterans received about $9 million in funding. It has since increased to $140 million.

Palacios, who serves as liaison to the Department of Veterans Services, is a veteran. De Los Santos will represent the Hidalgo County Veterans Service Office with Alex Figueroa serving as an alternate.

"We are certain that Emilio and Alex will do an outstanding job representing Hidalgo County in the Management Advisory Council," said Palacios.

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Did you miss today's meeting? Watch it at 9 p.m. Thursday on KMBH Ch. 10 or on the county's YouTube Channel!

If you missetoday's meeting, you can view it on our county website or YouTube Channel by clicking hereYou can also watch today's Commissioners Court  and Drainage District meetings on KMBH TV, cable channel 10, on Thursday at 9 p.m. Or watch it on Friday morning at 9 a.m. on your local school district channel 17.

The next regular meeting of Commissioners Court will be on Tuesday, August 28, 2018. 
The Drainage District Board of Directors meets at 9 a.m. followed by Commissioners Court  at 9:30 a.m.

Meetings are held in the Commissioners Courtroom, located on the first floor of the Courthouse Annex III at 100 E. Cano St. in Edinburg.  

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