Eloy Pulido's Fight for Lower Taxes and Sensible Budget
Former Hidalgo County Judge Eloy Pulido took office on Jan. 1, 1999. Besides having a General Fund Balance of only $75,000, there were serious problems regarding the County that would require sound Financial planning and management to resolve.
One of these was a seriously overcrowded County Jail, a problem that had plagued the County since 1992. The County spent $2.1 Million in 1999 to house inmates in La Villa and other jails around the State. The expected cost of housing these inmates was expected to reach $3.5 Million by the end of 2000. It was costing the County $37 per day to house these inmates in other jails.
The Texas Commission on Jail Standards had been citing the Hidalgo County Jail for over crowding since 1992, causing the jail to operate with a conditional certificate and requiring that overcrowding be addressed by housing these inmates in the other facilities.