Citizens turned away from office

SAN BENITO — Local residents Mario and Astrid Hernandez pushed the double doors open and walked down the stairs away from the Cameron County Tax Assessor-Collector’s Office yesterday afternoon.

They weren’t happy, based on their facial expressions.

They left with no vehicle registration sticker — the purpose of their stop there.

Mario and his wife Astrid, who is 36 weeks pregnant, had just left one doctor’s appointment and made time to obtain the car sticker before racing to another appointment.

Mario’s sticker expired in December.

“I’m here because my wife is pregnant and we’re busy running around to doctors’ appointments,” Mario, 31 said. “What happens if the police give me a ticket?”

Mario wanted answers to that question. The tax office couldn’t answer that yesterday.

Although employees were back at work, the tax assessor-collector’s computer network link to the Texas Department of Public Safety in Austin is down until further notice.

The closure is due to the Wednesday arrest of Tony Yzaguirre, Cameron County’s tax assessor-collector, and three employees of the tax office.

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