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San Elizario on its way to forming a city council

San Elizario on its way to forming a city council

Incorporation ends threat of annexing

By: Ruben Veloz

SAN ELIZARIO, Texas--One of the oldest towns in Texas is now the state's newest municipality.

The town of San Elizario will now be a city after a majority of voters passed the ballot initiative to incorporate the town into a type A general law municipality.

The historic town they call home is now a municipality, keeping it from being annexed by other cities.

Unofficial results from El Paso County website showed 88 percent of people voted for the incorporation, while12 percent were against it.

KFOX14 was at Tuesday night's watch party as people from San Elizario Incorporations Group chanted "Number one! Number one!"

People who live in the community tell KFOX14 they are excited for San Eli's future.

"It's just really exciting, it's exciting that this happened," said Christina Morales. .

"That means Socorro is not going to take over, we're free of that threat," said Leticia Miranda.

San Eli will have its own government, a mayor and five council members.

State Rep. Mary Gonzalez was there to be part of the historic moment.

"I think what this symbolizes is that when people come together to accomplish a goal they really can accomplish it specifically through the process," said Gonzalez.

Not everyone was in favor of the initiative.

Opponents say it could mean more taxes down the line.

"Economically we are not ready for that financially. We don't have any big businesses that take over the taxes," said San Elizario resident Maria Covernali.

However El Paso County officials say it could bring more services to the area, such as police officers, firefighters, and something that the town doesn't have.

"It's definitely going to be a lot of challenges that we'll have to face but I definitely feel one of the things we have in favor is that we get to start with a clean slate," said Maya Sanchez, President of San Elizario Incorporation Efforts Group.

The city has until May's election to create a city charter and elect a city council.

 

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