CDC Acts Sooner Than Later, Buys Holiday Items

by Tony Vindell/LFN

Acting sooner than later is the Community Development Corp. of Los Fresnos new strategy for 2019.

The non-profit organization largely funded by 25 percent of the sales taxes refund the city receives from the state comptroller office has approved spending nearly $40,000 on Christmas-related gadgets like lights and other decorations to make the city prettier and more attractive during the holidays.

The CDC board voted to buy a large tree, three arches and other items during the Feb. 4 meeting.
The action was made after City Manager Mark Milum said buying the gadgets this time of year will result in savings of up to 35 percent.

Enrique Juarez, the board president, said the new city hall expected to be built later in the year will benefit from the purchase.

He said the tree and two of the arches will illuminate the building that will be visible from Texas Highway 100.

He said the city already has a sign with flashing lights for drivers to see as they come from town from the west side of the highway and having a spectacle of lights on the other side will help brand the city a lot more.

Irene Romero, a CDC board member, wanted to have one of the arches in front of the city’s park off FM 1847, known here as North Arroyo Boulevard.

Buying the lights was one of several items the board tackled at its regular meeting.

Milum said CDC made revenues of more than $123,000 in 2018 and spend a little more than $41,000 for the year.

“Everything is looking good,” he said. “As far as the sale taxes, we ended with 12.8 percent above the year before.”

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