Marcos Ochoa seeks return to mayoral seat in Peñitas
Marcos L. Ochoa, born and raised in Peñitas, is now a candidate for Mayor of this once-thriving community.
Marcos is a 1973 graduate of La Joya ISD. In 1998 he was elected for City Council and served for 10 years. During his tenure he and the council started the Peñitas Police Department, Crime Control & Prevention District and as part of the site development for the Veterans Memorial Park built the Dr. Roberto Zamora Neighborhood Facility which initially served as a Hidalgo County Head Start Center. It was later repurposed as the Peñitas Municipal Library.
In 2008 Marcos was elected as Mayor. One of the campaign promises at the time was to restart the defunct Peñitas White Wing Festival which was revived and flourished during his years as Mayor. During this period of growth the city developed the Veterans Memorial Park to include the pavilion and BBQ pits, a large play area for children, a basketball court and small picnic gazebos.
Towards the end of Marcos’ administration plans, designs and bids were solicited to build the Water Park. A priority of the administration was to maximize the use of federal funds from the Hidalgo County Urban County Program which was used to pave the streets in the newly annexed area known as Tierra Blanca. The city’s paving projects included replacing water lines, installing drainage lines and building paved streets with curb and gutter and sidewalks. Most were improved during his administration and the last two were designed, engineered and bid out ready for construction by the new administration.
We honored the area veterans by dedicating monuments and plaques at the park whose service range from WWI to the Afghanistan Conflict.
We presided over the grand opening of the Wal-Mart and the subsequent development in the area including the apartment project known as the Villages of Peñitas. All of the development and businesses in the area contributed to developing over 500 jobs and help increase the city’s sales tax.
The city expanded to the east and west and up to the 4 mile line on the north side of the city. The newly annexed areas got police protection and street lighting and were included in the city’s planning for water, sewer and garbage improvements.
In 2008 when Marcos became Mayor the city had an operating budget of approximately $ 800,000. 00 and sales tax revenue of $200,000.00. At the end of Marcos’ tenure as Mayor the city’s finances had improved to approximately $663,000.00 in sales tax with an operating budget of approximately $3,150,000.00.
According to the Texas Comptroller the city of Peñitas’ sales tax grew at approximately 29 percent, significantly higher than the county as a whole which increased by five percent.
At the end of the Marcos Ochoa administration in 2014, the city had approved allocations of $3,000,000 for the new City Hall/Police Department and $ 1,400,000 for the Liberty Blvd. Providing reasonable utility rates and fees would allow the city to create new jobs in the area and grow our retail and sales tax, much like Palmhurst, has experienced at Conway and 3 Mile Line.
Since announcing his candidacy Marcos has received endorsements from Peñitas’ first and second mayors, Efren Garza andr Servando Ramirez. Marcos has also received support from former city commissioners Roberto Cardenas Jr., Velia Rivera, as well as newly elected La Joya ISD Board Member Mary Hernandez, Homer Tijerina (Agua SUD Director), Ricardo Villarreal (Palmview Mayor), Javier Ramirez (Palmview Commissioner) and other elected officials have also endorsed Marcos Ochoa for Mayor.