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May 19 2011

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Home Rule Charter enacted

By MARTHA McCLAIN

Special to the PRESS

With unanimous approval of the Board of Aldermen, the Town of Laguna Vista Tuesday evening became the City of Laguna Vista, subject to formal approval by the US Department of Justice.

The action follows Saturday’s majority vote to upgrade the community’s form of government by almost a two-to-one margin. Final word from the DOJ on the official legality of the charter is expected within 60 days, said City Attorney Jan Cassidy.

A total of 481 people voted for the proposed Home Rule charter, while 266 voted against, according to statistics provided by City Secretary Alma Deckard. The town had been operating as a Type A General –law municipality based on its population level, as stipulated by Texas law. State law allows communities to vote to change their government to Home Rule when they approach the 5,000 population level.

For more on this story, pick up a copy of the May 19 edition of the Port Isabel South Padre Press or check out our E-edition by clicking here.

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