POSTED: Friday, February 21, 2014 - 5:31pm
UPDATED: Saturday, February 22, 2014 - 11:27am
PHARR, TX (KVEO NEWSCENTER 23) — Auto dealerships in Pharr are upset after the city approved a new fee on all vehicles sold.
Pharr city commissioners approved the ordinance, saying used car dealerships "pose a threat to the health and safety of the public."
City officials have not returned calls for comment.
When enacted, every dealership in Pharr will have to get a city license costing $1,000. Car lots will also have to pay an unknown fee for every car sold.
Owners along the car sale district on Business 83 question the intent of the ordinance.
"I really don't understand what it is exactly that they're trying to do, how we are a threat to health of the people of this city, I don't quite understand," A&B Auto Sales general manager Raul Gonzalez said. "For a lot of guys up and down this street, it's something that can't be afforded. It's a problem."
Gonzalez says he will work with the Texas Independent Auto Dealers Association to make sure the ordinance doesn't go forward.