State Sen. Juan "Chuy" Hinojosa visited with business and community leaders at the Alice Chamber of Commerce on Monday afternoon.
Hinojosa touched on several topics including Eagle Ford Shale, water desalinization, immigration, education funding, among others.
Some local residents brought up the need of e-filing for the county and how the state can help with funds since they mandate the upgrade. Sheriff officials were concerned about blue warrants where housing takes months until the state transports the inmate, which taxpayers end up paying the tab.
Hinojosa was also asked about the Natatorium complex on the west side and how the state could assist with grants. He suggested ways to possibly assist with funding such as an increase on license stickers by $10 and that amount going specifically to the project, which he said has happened in the Rio Grande Valley on some projects. He also mentioned investment zones where increased of property valuation would go directly to a certain project.
Hinojosa said he could also meet with the community and leaders to think of other innovative ways to fund the natatorium and bring experts with him that could help brainstorm.
About two dozen individuals attended the session.