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Election to decide whether San Elizario will become city
By: Stacey Welsh
EL PASO COUNTY, Texas -- People living in San Elizario are voting on whether the small community will incorporate and become its own city. So far in San Eli, more than 400 people voted during early voting and more than 150 people have voted Tuesday.
However, those numbers do not include some who may have voted in other polling places in El Paso County.
This incorporation effort comes after a state judge overturned Socorro's decision to annex parts of San Eli earlier this year. The San Elizario Incorporation Efforts Group is educating registered voters on why it feels San Eli should incorporate.
The incorporation efforts group said the majority of voters members have talked to said they voted in favor of incorporation.
Despite this, some said they are worried incorporation could come with higher taxes and city regulations. "There would be permits for the water, for the gas. A lot of regulations, even for the people who live in the mobile homes," San Eli resident Maria Covernali said.
Some residents also expect more businesses to come to San Eli if incorporated.
"People will probably come here more often and probably make more money for this town," San Eli resident Jose Acosta said.
While taxes could go up for San Eli if incorporation happens, El Paso County Commissioner Vince Perez said more taxes could mean more services. That could include new police and fire departments.