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Calexico RDA to consider adding more area to its redevelopment plan

June 04, 2001|By AARON CLAVERIE, Staff Writer

CALEXICO — The City Council here could divert hundreds of thousands of tax dollars earmarked for the city's general fund into the coffers of the Redevelopment Agency.

That would happen if the council and RDA board decide to add a "significant chunk" of land to the agency's redevelopment plan, according to City Councilman Gilbert Grijalva.

If the agency land grab is approved by the council, Grijalva said the RDA board could fund more development projects.

On the flip side, he conceded the action would deprive the city's general fund.

General fund money is used by the city to, among other things, pay firefighters, police officers and other city employees.

RDA money can only be used for redevelopment projects.

Before the City Council, which will be sitting as the RDA board, decides the matter it will conduct a joint public hearing at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday in City Hall.

Before voting the board will hear from representatives of the city's planning and community redevelopment agencies.

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A portion of the hearing will be devoted to public testimony on the proposed change.

After the hearing, a City Council meeting will be conducted at which the council could approve a proposal for a traffic study of West Cole Road, sign an agreement with the Heffernan Memorial Hospital District and tap the Juarez/Lincoln Club to manage the recently vandalized Horacio Luna Gun Club.

Staff Writer Aaron Claverie can be reached at 337-3419.

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