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Mayor Margo addresses recall petition filed against him

Mayor Margo addresses recall petition filed against him (Source: KFOX14)

El Pasoan Zach Gonzalez has filed an updated recall petition against El Paso Mayor Dee Margo.

It lists seven reasons why there should be a recall election to potentially remove Margo from office. The reasons range from issuing certificates of obligation to failing to stick to Quality of Life Bond project budgets.

"It's kind of baseless,” Margo said. “Some of the comments I've seen related to public comment, failure of First Amendment rights at the meeting. It doesn't make any sense."

This isn't the first time someone has tried to remove a city council rep or the mayor from office. The city clerk's records show 16 recall petitions have been filed since 2003. None of them have gone to a vote.

One of the seven claims in the petition goes after Margo’s first campaign promise, hold the line on taxes. Property taxes were raised again in his first year in office with another potential increase for next year.

"So, we're finding the funds where we can. We've had a lot of issues to deal with, a lot of challenges,” Margo said.

“I am the last person who's in favor of raising taxes but, the issue is we really don't have much choice if we are going to fulfill our obligations and fiduciary responsibilities to the people of El Paso," Margo said.

KFOX14 asked Margo why he made this a campaign promise of not raising taxes if it couldn't be done.

"People want their streets repaired. That's what people said they wanted and all we are dealing with,” Margo said.

“But, when you walk into a situation where contractually we voted on and agreed to the compensation for firemen and policemen, there's not a whole lot we can do."

Seven thousand signatures of registered voters are needed to put the recall election on the ballot. Margo said he doesn't know when the recall election could happen if petitioners get the required signatures for a recall election.

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