El Paso Lawmakers Introduce Parks District Bill


POSTED: Tuesday, February 15, 2011 - 12:03pm

UPDATED: Tuesday, February 15, 2011 - 6:52pm

EL PASO - Two El Paso lawmakers have filed a constitutional amendment to let voters decide whether to create an El Paso regional parks district.

State Representatives Marisa Márquez (D-El Paso) and Naomi Gonzalez (D-El Paso) filed the legislation after El Paso County Commissioners  Monday voted to recommend creation of the parks district.

The County joins the City of El Paso in supporting the legislation.

"This is an important first step in the process," said Rep. Marquez. "This is very clear and straightforward legislation that gives the city and the county more options to help El Paso grow and manage our local parks. It does not raise taxes, it does not create the district itself but only starts this effort, and I will work with the city and the county to help cut through the misconceptions about this valuable legislation."

HJR 92 gives the State of Texas and El Paso County the constitutional authority to create a regional parks district upon approval by a majority of Texas voters. The creation of the parks district itself would only occur after future action by the Texas Legislature, El Paso County, and the municipalities within El Paso County.

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