PALMHURST, Texas – The mayor of Palmhurst says a new plan on how to distribute coronavirus relief funding is good news for smaller communities in Hidalgo County.

Ramiro J. Rodriguez, Jr.

Ramiro J. Rodriguez, Jr., was one of the most vocal critics of a previous plan to give cities under 30,000 population just $80 per capita. Under the new plan, the small cities will get the same as the larger cities and the incorporation areas, $132 per capita.

Hidalgo County has been allocated $151 million under the CARES Act. That comes out at $175 per capita. Hidalgo County is keeping back around $37 million for some county projects related to COVID-19.

Rodriguez was a special guest on The Rio Grande Guardian’s most recent Community Spotlight Zoom Conversations. 

“I felt, and the smaller cities felt, we should be treated equally,” Rodriguez said. 

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