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Socorro could annex land for commercial, residential development
By: Stacey Welsh
SOCORRO, Texas -- The city of Socorro has plans in the works to annex land to extend city limits to Interstate 10. In addition to two portions of land there stretching about three miles, Socorro City Council Representative at Large Rene Rodriguez said the city could annex land further east in the future.
Despite this, Rodriguez said expansion would not affect land in San Elizario or Clint. Rodriguez said the Socorro City Council first started discussing this plan after the city's new attorney drew attention to a state statute. Rodriguez said the attorney looked into a statute passed in 1999 saying cities similar in size to Socorro were required to come up with a plan for expansion.
"The state wanted to see something in writing to give future plans if [we] decide to annex portions of land. Basically we want to be current with all the state statutes," Rodriguez said.
Rodriguez said the land could be used for commercial development and expand roads and neighborhoods.
"If you want to go to work and it's 7 in the morning, Socorro Road is packed. Alameda is packed. North Loop is packed. Every street that goes out of Socorro is packed, and it's because of the volume of citizens that we have," Rodriguez said.
"The more people there are, the more money there is for the city. They need to use the money wisely," Socorro resident Pat Estala said.
Rodriguez said revenue from new businesses could save taxpayer money in the long run. He also said the city can not take action on possible annexation until after elections in November.