McALLEN — Early voting results show strong support for city Proposition 1, and a majority of voters supporting all three local propositions.
Mayor Jim Darling and a small group of supporters, including Invest in McAllen PAC coordinator/campaign manager Brian Godinez, have gathered at ERO Architects to watch the election returns.
McAllen hired ERO Architects to design the new, city-run theater slated for construction near the Convention Center. Proposition 2 would partially fund the theater's construction.
Early voting results showed all three local propositions passing.
"I want to say thank you to the voters, I want to say thank you to everyone who worked on the campaign," Darling said, especially the City Commission and Godinez.
Mostly, though, Darling said he wanted to thank McAllen voters for their support.
"I want to thank the citizens of McAllen, it's really a victory for them," Darling said.
The informal watch party drew McAllen school district Trustee Sam Saldivar, City Commissioner Hilda Salinas and Chamber of Commerce CEO Steve Ahlenius.
Proposition 1 appeared headed to easy passage, despite opposition from the Lower Rio Grande Valley Sierra Club.
"I think that is the easiest one to translate into economic development and opportunity," Ahlenius said, adding that Proposition 2 and Proposition 3 will have a longer term impact.
Early voting results:
Proposition 1 (Roads): 2,239 to 985
Proposition 2 (Theater): 1,787 to 1,431
Proposition 3 (Sports Fields): 1,856 to 1,369
Together, the three ballot propositions would allow McAllen to borrow $45 million for road improvements, the new theater and sports fields. McAllen would repay the debt gradually with revenue from higher property taxes.
Mayor Jim Darling estimated the $45 million debt will require a 4.5-cent property tax increase, which would add $45 to the annual tax bill for a $100,000 home.
Live results: http://www.co.hidalgo.tx.us/DocumentCenter/View/17687
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