Cameron County voters strike down venue project

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The May 7 Election in Cameron County featured two State Propositions, a vote on the Cameron County Venue Project, and various campaigns for city and school district offices.

Both State of Texas Propositions passed by a landslide, each garnering more than 70 percent of the total vote within Cameron County. The propositions would lower property taxes by shifting more public school costs to the state.

Proposition 1 would cap or freeze the school district property taxes of disabled or 65-and-older homeowners in 2023.

Currently, homeowners can deduct $25,000 from their home’s value before school tax rates are levied. Proposition 2 would increase that deduction to $40,000 in value.

The Venue Project was struck down by Cameron County voters once again by a slim margin, with 50.59 of constituents voting against the project. The total difference in votes was 209.

San Benito had no City or school board candidates running in the May 7 election.

However, Rio Hondo had three races for its City Commission: The Commissioner, Place 1 race between incumbent Rick Tello and challenger Juan Garza saw Garza earning the spot by only 20 votes above Tello. Meanwhile, the Place 3 election saw a similar slim victory for incumbent Margaret J. Perez, who defeated her challenger Arnulfo “Kitter” Huerta by 14 points.

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