Garza, whose precinct contains 39 percent of the county's roads, was desperate for more money to help pave and repair roads and insisted that he needed at least
But with only
After a defeated motion by County Judge
But then Precinct 4 Commissioner
Sanchez moved for his precinct, which contains 47 percent of the county's roads, to receive the
But that was when jovial, lighthearted discussions about road maintenance turned serious.
"I think that's a bunch of bullshit," Garza said, suggesting that Sanchez was treating the commission's allocation discussions as "just a game."
Garza vowed that it would be "a long year," as he continued his tirade, during which he explained that he had been working toward finding the most equitable means of division of the funds only to be left wanting.
Sanchez explained that Garza's rejection of Cascos' plan had complicated things as Dominguez began having second thoughts.
"Maybe we just acted hastily," he said, asking if the commission's last action could be vacated.
Sanchez obliged, and Cascos' figures were approved. Garza said, as he left the meeting later, that he was happy with the results and didn't blame Dominguez and Benavides for trying to get extra money for their precincts.
"They have needs they need to address," he said, noting that although Precinct 1 (the
After the meeting, Sanchez said his motion -- while official -- was mostly to show the rest of the board how delicate of a balance was needed to be fair to all the precincts.
"It was a tactic to make them realize it's not fair," he said, adding that he knew Benavides or Dominguez would realize the inequality his motion would cause and the excessive burden it would place on Garza's precinct.
Sanchez's motion also stipulated that any excess bond money would be divided up between Precincts 1 and 2 to bring those precincts up to
Cascos said he felt other money could be found if the county needed more to finish the
"I've been down this road before," he said, recalling his days representing Precinct 2. "There was always a lot of dialogue about the distribution and allocation for funding. I was fighting for my precinct the way they were, but you have to sit back and look at what really is equitable."
He said the resulting allocations were "as close as we can get" to fair.
"I don't think anybody was really happy because nobody got what they wanted," he said. "But it's the right thing to do when nobody's happy."
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