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Newly incorporated city faces slew of issues
Thursday, May 22, 2014 - 11:23am
San Elizario, TX (KDBC) — History was made Thursday morning as San Elizario's first ever City Council was sworn in by El Paso County Commissioner, Vince Perez. Being sworn in is just one of the many things the city has to do. In fact, they don't even have an address or a phone number where their citizens can reach them.
"So God help me," Mayor Maya Sanchez said as she took her office oath. With that said and papers signed, the community of San Elizario can officially call Sanchez and elected city council officials their new council. "I have been waiting for this day not just for myself but the entire city of San Elizario. It's very exciting," Maya Sanchez, Mayor of San Elizario told us.
"I know that we elected some good people," Ramon Holguin, a San Elizario resident explained to us. Holguin is just one of the 5,000 residents who are looking to newly elected officials for solutions. "We do have a lot of problems that are almost the same in every small community in Texas."
Sanchez, the city's first mayor said she's ready to tackle the slew of issues residents elected them to fix, "Though we have a big task ahead of us I am determined to do the best job possible and see positive changes in San Elizario," she said. One of the first things they plan to do as a city is hire a lawyer, "Put out a request for a proposal for a city attorney who is going to guide us in the most important step and moving forward from there."
And an unwanted, but necessary action - raise taxes, "Yes, there are taxes that we have to deal with and we've already started looking into what our budget is going to be."
The newly incorporated city is taking each step -- one by one. "It's not going to happen overnight, of course. First and foremost, we have to set up our city charter and go from there," George Almanzar, Alderperson Place No. 5 San Elizario said.
All while keeping citizens like Holguin in mind, "Street lighting, pave the roads, control the animals and keep our property taxes low," the resident explained.
Their first ever city council meeting will take place this coming Tuesday inside San Elizario ISD's board room.