At the request of Hidalgo County District Attorney Ricardo Rodriguez, the Texas Rangers will assist the DA’s office in reviewing the Agua Special Utility District, according to a news release issued by his office Friday.
“Regarding recent actions undertaken by Agua SUD, the Hidalgo County District Attorney’s Office has requested the Texas Rangers to join their review to determine if there has been a criminal offense committed,” the release stated. “The Texas Rangers have agreed to assist in this review.”
Agua SUD interim General Manager Eduardo Saenz and Board President Roger Hernandez did not respond to requests for comment.
When asked for more details, Rodriguez said he could not provide them but wanted the community to know of the review.
Though it is not clear what actions prompted the investigation, the utility district has come under fire recently.
Earlier this month, the Agua board of directors attempted to implement a filing fee of $1,000 for anyone wishing to run for the board’s upcoming elections.
Agua SUD eventually rescinded that fee after Sen. Juan “Chuy” Hinojosa, D-McAllen issued a statement calling the fee “excessive” and that imposing a candidate filing fee is not allowed under Texas statutes for political subdivisions.