Edinburg gives initial approval to provide a maximum of $30 million – to be spread out over up to 30 years without raising city property tax rate – to help in the construction of $150 million Hidalgo County Courthouse
By DAVID A. DÍAZ
The Mayor and Edinburg City Council on Tuesday, March 8, 2016, gave their initial approval to provide a maximum of $30 million – to be spread out over up to 30 years and without raising the city property tax rate – to help in the construction of a $150 million Hidalgo County Courthouse, the Edinburg Economic Development Corporation has announced.
If all goes as planned by the county, construction on the courthouse may begin near the end of this year, if weather permits. The county anticipates a completion date of October 2018.
The action took place following a 2 p.m. joint work session with the Hidalgo County Judge and Hidalgo County Commissioners Court, held in the Council Chamber of Edinburg City Hall, and sets into motion a plan that will eventually lead to the construction of a state-of-the-art judicial center, which will be located in downtown Edinburg, next to the current county courthouse complex.
The Edinburg City Council unanimously adopted a motion to enter a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with Hidalgo County for the construction of a courthouse.
Following the decision, Mayor Richard García congratulated County Judge Ramón García (no relation) and the county staff for pursuing a new facility to be built on the existing courthouse square in downtown Edinburg.
“We’re changing the face of the city gradually over the last 10 years,” the mayor said in comments to local media after the meeting. “We’ve come from a small, sleepy town that looked like it did in the 1950s to what it is today, a modern, thriving city.”
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