Dina Arévalo

Dina Arévalo is the editor of the Mid-Valley Town Crier and covers Weslaco, Donna, Mercedes Progreso and the Delta area for the Crier and for The Monitor. She can be reached at darevalo@mvtcnews.com or (956) 683-4441.

Mid-Valley cities mull tax rates

As the fiscal year comes to an end, cities throughout the Mid-Valley and Delta regions have begun to mull their property tax levies ahead of the Sept. 30 state-mandated adoption deadline. In Edcouch, officials from the Hidalgo County Tax Assessor’s office recommended a slight decrease for next year’s property taxes — a little more than three-hundredths of a cent per $100 valuation. In a presentation delivered to Edcouch officials last Thursday, Eva Mireles, chief of operations for the county’s tax office, said county officials had calculated that an effective tax rate of 0.9654 cents per $100 dollar valuation would generate the same amount of revenue for the city as last year’s tax collections. That figure represents a slight drop from last year’s tax rate of 0.9687 cents per $100 valuation. Read the full story at themonitor.com.

Hidalgo County breaks ground on Precinct 1 substation

More than two years after devastating rains damaged and forced the closure of Hidalgo County Precinct 1 offices, Weslaco officials broke ground on a new substation that will house several county departments. The Wednesday morning groundbreaking ceremony also marked the opening of temporary offices at the site, located off Joe Stephens Avenue, for the tax assessor/collector’s office, the department of health and human services, the planning department, and the department of motor vehicles. The temporary offices will remain open throughout the eight months it’s expected construction on the permanent $1.2 million facility will take to complete. Read the full story at themonitor.com.

Early voting in Weslaco runoff ongoing

Early voting by personal appearance continues this week in the special election runoff for Weslaco’s District 4 city commission seat. Voting began last Monday, with 103 voters turning out to the polls that first day. After one week of early voting, voter turnout stands at 395 ballots cast by personal appearance or via mail-in ballot, according to county records. Voters are tasked with choosing between the two men who earned the highest number of votes after July 16’s four-way race resulted in no one candidate earning more than 50% of the vote. The two candidates are Guadalupe “Lupe” Garcia, who ran against now-former District 4 Commissioner Gerardo “Jerry” Tafolla last November, and Adrian Farias, who previously ran for mayor against current Mayor David Suarez in 2013.

Man arrested for sexual assault, escapes custody

A man under arrest for sexual assault escaped from police custody in Progreso and fled to Mexico earlier this month. Adrian Edwardo Garcia, 26, is charged with one count of sexual assault, a second degree felony, and one count of escape from custody in connection with an incident that began on Aug. 3. According to a criminal complaint, Progreso police received a call just before 6:30 a.m. Aug. 3 from a woman who wanted to report that her friend had been sexually assaulted at her home. Read the full story on themonitor.com.

Underage woman charged with intoxication manslaughter

PROGRESO — An Alamo woman remained in custody Thursday after police say the car she was driving collided with another vehicle, killing one and...

Weslaco officers to see 2.5% pay bump

WESLACO — After weeks of negotiating, Weslaco city leaders and the Weslaco Municipal Police Union have tentatively agreed upon amendments to the WMPU’s labor...

Police: Rumored threat prompts Weslaco Walmart closure

A Walmart in Weslaco closed tonight after a rumor began to circulate on social media that a young man had made a threat against...

Monte Alto mom homeless after June storm slept in Walmart parking lot

MONTE ALTO — On a recent sweltering summer day, Angelica Sanchez Millan walked down the aisles of a local Walmart with her two nephews,...

Weslaco, Mercedes begin fiscal budget process

WESLACO — The month of August is prime budget-planning season for municipalities across the state as they prepare for the Sept. 29 deadline to...

Weslaco officials react as former commissioner pleads guilty in bribery case

Former District 2 Weslaco City Commissioner John Cuellar pleaded guilty Friday to one count of conspiracy to commit honest services wire fraud in connection...