Senate passes Presidio economic development measure
AUSTIN, PRESIDIO – The Texas Senate on Tuesday unanimously adopted a bill by Far West Texas Sen. José Rodríguez of El Paso to allow the city of Presidio to use a portion of the retail sales tax for the purpose of financing development projects. The bill now moves to the Texas House, where area State Representative Poncho Nevarez filed the same legislation.
“This is something a large majority of Presidio voters approved in the last election, but because of a technicality the municipality was prevented from implementing the change,” Rodríguez said. “This bill fixes that and helps the community take charge of its own destiny.”
In the November general election, 73 percent of voters in Presidio and its extraterritorial jurisdiction approved both the dissolution of the Development Corporation of Presidio and the creation of the Presidio Municipal Development District. But after the election, the state comptroller’s office notified the city of Presidio the results were void because people from outside the city limits had voted in the election.
The measure by the senator validates the dissolution of the Development Corporation of Presidio and the creation of the Presidio Municipal Development District.