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San Eli artists worry about more taxes
SAN ELIZARIO, Texas -- Local artists in the San Elizario Historic District are afraid the city's recent incorporation could mean more taxes.
"Of course everybody is concerned because they don't know what to expect. I believe that our taxes will rise," local artist Arturo Avalos said.
Avalos said he has been painting all his life, and he has been renting space at the Golden Eagle Gallery in San Eli for the last three years. He said he currently pays rent and for a permit through the state. Because of this, Avalos is afraid he could have to pay for a permit and taxes through the city.
"What artist is not struggling in this economy? To me, I just have a passion for art and I believe that regardless of what happens, art will prevail," Avalos said.
El Paso County Commissioner Vince Perez said more costs won't be decided until a city government is in place. Perez said that could happen as early as May.
"It's really up to the people; the level of service that they'll be provided in that municipality and the level of taxation that will occur in San Elizario," Perez said.
Perez also said the county is working with an economic development team to draw more businesses to areas like San Eli. The team could also come up with incentives for local artists, which could make up for more taxes.