Former Hidalgo County Judge Eloy Pulido is running for County Judge in the Democratic Primary in March of 2018.
Citing concerns with a runaway county budget, the excessive cost and questionable location of a new courthouse, the need for economic development and tourism, along with the need to lower the county tax rate, while also adequately funding indigent health care, Pulido offers his experience as proof that he knows what it takes to lead this county. “I served as a full-time county judge because that's what our taxpayers deserve. I have a record of setting ambitious goals and accomplishing them while overseeing and maintaining a fiscally sound budget,” says Pulido. “I'm ready to do it again.”
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One of the biggest projects currently in the works for Hidalgo County is the proposed new 'Taj Mahal' - i.e. County Courthouse.
Although I do agree with the need of a new Courthouse (in particular, a new Justice Center), I have many concerns about the current plans – the cost, the location and the lack of proper/competitive procurement practices.
The proposed cost is $150 Million, though there are NO architectural designs to base a cost on – there is only a conceptual rendering by ERO architects – so nothing to actually determine a cost.