EXCLUSIVE: Hidalgo County could lose more than $45 million under Trump budget

March 24, 2017 GMT

Hidalgo County and governmental entities within the county could lose more than $45 million in federal funding under the budget being proposed by President Donald Trump, according to figures obtained by The Monitor on Friday.

Among the cuts would be more than $10 million in Community Development Block Grants as well as the elimination of a water and wastewater loan program and the elimination of rural legal assistance, the document shows.

The document was prepared by the office of U.S. Rep. Henry Cuellar, D-Laredo, a member of the House Appropriations Committee.

Other entities that would suffer cuts under the budget that President Trump sent to Congress include:

>> $1.8 million to Hidalgo County Community Services Agency, which provides emergency food assistance and employment programs.

>> $2.1 million for programs to help buy and rehabilitate affordable housing.

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>> $4.7 million for programs to help with home energy assistance.

>> $440,000 in cuts to United Way of South Texas for programs to help the hungry and homeless.

>> More than $12 million for the elimination of Texas Rio Grande Legal Aid.

In all, the proposed budget cuts represents almost 25 percent of Hidalgo County’s $194.3 million general fund budget for Fiscal Year 2017, but the proposed federal cuts would not exclusively impact just the county, according to the analysis by Cuellar’s office.

The City of McAllen, for example, would lose out on $1.4 million in community development block grants; Pharr would lose $1.1 million in such grants; and Mission would lose just under $1 million.

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