EDINBURG – State of the city addresses have now become a spectacle.
Mayors from the larger cities in Hidalgo County all let their audience wait to see their grand entrance in anticipation over a lunch paid for by sponsors, to raise money for local non-profits.
For Mayor Richard Molina, his entrance was highlighted by Bob and Janet Vacker of the Bert Ogden Group and Alonzo Cantu of Cantu Construction and Lone Star National Bank.
The hype video which portrayed the message “Something good is happening here,” featured the quartet in a vehicle from the auto dealers driving into the Bert Ogden Arena, built by Cantu.
In an effort to not compete with his fellow neighboring mayors, Molina jumped ahead of the curve and presented a state of the city address for the second time in 2018.
Usually slated for the spring Molina the state of the city moving forward will be held in the fall. The address touched on topics including the number of restaurants within the city limits, construction permits being pulled and sales tax revenue to name a few.
“For us, it is important to show the people where their tax money is going,” Molina said.
Molina admits the majority of the address was a recap of his original state of the city, but there was also talk of projects that have come to fruition.
For example in April the mayor addressed the need for more police vehicles and the grants that would help fund the purchase, now the police cars are out on the streets.
“What we did was a recap and showed a lot of the projects that have come to fruition,” he said.
Molina also highlighted the fact that the Wing Barn in Edinburg is the leading their other stores in sales. The Pieology on Trenton Road is the No. 1 store in their franchise in the nation.
The sales tax revenue in Edinburg is rising. Molina attributes the rise to residential construction permits being pulled.
At the end of the day, charities are the ones who win from a state of the city address. The list was long, but only three were featured during the address including the South Texas Literacy Coalition, Nevaeh's Kidz Conquering Cancer and Estrella's House. Each entity received $1,000.
Also at the state of the city address, the mayor honored Sonia Enriquez as the Champion of the Year for her nonstop work with local charities. Among them the Kiwanis.