Socorro responds to annexation proposal

Friday, January 18, 2013 - 6:53pm

SOCORRO, TX — The City of Socorro had plans to expand its boundaries and many residents in far east El Paso County were not happy about it.

The proposed annexation from the City of Socorro includes seven different pieces of land in Horizon City, Clint and San Elizario. Socorro officials held two public hearings and residents at both of those meetings expressed their opposition to the plans.

News Channel 9 spoke with Horizon City mayor Walter Miller, who drafted a letter of protest asking that any land inside of Horizon City be excluded from the annexation plans.

"We feel like they are infringing on our established extraterritorial jurisdiction rights, and our ability to someday in the future incorporate that into our own city," Miller said. "We would certainly hope that we could work something out with the City of Socorro, but we will protect what we believe is our established right."

Miller said he hadn't heard back from the City of Socorro about his letter. The Socorro spokesperson said Socorro would need to have an ordinance before they can approve an annexation plan, and the city is not that far along in the process yet.

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