McAllen – Area residents will now have a more accessible way to pay their taxes or renew their motor vehicle registration with the convenience of a brand new McAllen tax office.

On Thursday, Nov. 9, Precinct 2 Commissioner Eduardo “Eddie” Cantu and Tax Assessor-Collector Paul Villarreal, Jr. hosted a ribbon cutting for the new Tax Office in McAllen. Cantu and Villarreal were joined by several county elected officials, local officials and community members.

“This has been a long time coming, and we’re finally done,” said Cantu. “McAllen did not have a tax office prior to this opening, now residents that live in the largest city in the county no longer have to travel very far to pay their taxes.”

The newly remodeled substation will be fully staffed with seven employees who will offer both property tax collection and motor vehicle titling and registration services.

“It’s an honor serving the county, and a pleasure to now serve the citizens of McAllen,” said Villarreal. “It’s about time we opened a tax office in a city where growth is a familiar word."

The tax office has three additional substations in Precinct 2 located in the Community Resource Centers in Pharr, San Juan and Alamo.

City of McAllen Mayor Jim Darling feels that the county has provided excellent service at other tax substations. Now Precinct 2’s largest city is now home to the new McAllen substation.

“Let’s continue the trend of great service, and bring that back to McAllen," he said.