CITY OF LAREDO
                              CITY COUNCIL
                         AIRPORT ADVISORY BOARD
                     CONVENTION AND VISITORS BUREAU
               WORKSHOP ON ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT SALES TAX

                    MAIN LIBRARY MULTI-PURPOSE ROOM
                          1120 E. CALTON ROAD
                             LAREDO, TEXAS
                         11:30 A.M. - 2:00 P.M.


                                MINUTES


       M-98-W-10                                  FEBRUARY 24, 1998

       Florencio Pena, City Manager, announced there was no quorum and started
       to recapped what had transpired on the last meeting and in the meantime,
       he explained what direction was given on a previous meeting, and what
       they expect to accomplished.  He announced the members present:

       The Airport Advisory Board members, Convention & Visitors
       Bureau, Economic Advisory Council Group, Chamber of Commerce, Laredo
       Development Foundation members, and the Chairman of U.I.S.D.

       He said the general direction for the Economic Advisory Committee which
       consists of Jerry Swebel, Elmo Lopez, Beto Gutierrez, and Eloy Cantu was
       to see if they could develop a list of projects that could be placed on
       the ballot for May 2nd.  Last council action taken was that the Economic
       Sales Tax be considered on the May 2nd Election, however there was
       discussion about deferring the election to August.  There was a general
       agreement that they need to have a consensus of the council and the
       business community that this is the project that is in fact needed by the
       community.  There was an issue on whether it should be on May or August
       and on how specific the project should be.

       He further stated that they met with the Economic Advisory and discussed
       the issues, they prepared a strategy of a list of projects that they feel
       could be considered.  The issue of whether it be held in May or August is
       still something that can be debated if council desires, but at the
       present time there is a decision to go forward with May 2nd.

       Mr. Pena explained that 6 1/4% is going to the state, 1% is coming to the
       city, 1/4% to transit and 1/2 is going to the county.  The city's $12
       million is used for operating the general fund.  The option of using the
       sales tax or the property taxes are conditions that this community needs
       to be debating.  A quarter cent (1/4) increase is about $3 million a
       year.

       Mr. Jerry Swebel stated they believe that the only way that you can go to
       the public with a request or increase for a new tax would be that it be
       project specific and that it be time specific.

       Note:   At this time the meeting was called to order.  1:15 p.m.

   I.  CALL TO ORDER

       With a quorum present Mayor Elizabeth G. Flores called the meeting to
       order.

  II.  PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE

       Mayor Elizabeth G. Flores led in the Pledge of Allegiance.

 III.  ROLL CALL
       IN ATTENDANCE:
       ELIZABETH G. FLORES,     MAYOR
       JOSE R. PEREZ, JR.,      COUNCILMEMBER, DISTRICT I
       JOE A. GUERRA,                 "      , DISTRICT VI
       MARIO G. ALVARADO,             "      , DISTRICT VII
       CONSUELO "CHELO" MONTALVO,     "      , DISTRICT VIII
       GUSTAVO GUEVARA, JR.,    CITY SECRETARY
       FLORENCIO PENA, III,     CITY MANAGER
       JAIME L. FLORES,         CITY ATTORNEY

       ABSENCES:

       Motion to excuse Cm. Bruni, Cm. Casso, Cw. Moreno, and Cm.  Valdez.

       Moved : Cm. Cm. Perez
       Second: Cm. Alvarado
       For:  4                          Against:  0         Abstain:  0

  IV.  CONTINUED DISCUSSION REGARDING THE UPCOMING REFERENDUM ON A 1/4 OF 1
       PERCENT (.0025) ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT SALES AND USE TAX.

       He presented the sales tax concept and presented the following
       recommendations based on the input provided that they think would be
       acceptable to the entire community.

       1. An aggressive marketing and industrial development strategy
          designed to attract and promote industry;
       2. Development and construction, possibly by partnering with other taxing
          entities, of a Sport Complex in a centralized location, to include a
          football stadium, basketball gymnasium, ball park, adequate parking
          facilities and other exhibition facilities designed to hold local
          sporting events, trade shows, concerts, graduation ceremonies, rodeos,
          carnivals, and other public entertainment events;
       3. Downtown revitalization, development and/or redevelopment designed to
          expand business enterprise in this important sector of the City;
       4. Revenue Guarantee for airport jet service at the Laredo International
          Airport to aid in the promotion of the Laredo International Airport so
          as to promote economic development and tourism in Laredo;
       5. Purchase, at fair market value, property of approximately 8.973 acres
          at the Laredo International Airport for the purpose and benefit by the
          University of Texas Health Science Center in Laredo, Texas for the
          establishment of a Medical Education and Research Campus.

       Cm. Perez stated he is for the Economic Development Tax and
       suggested that the election be held in May.

       Cm. Alvarado thinks the election should be held in August for
       presentation to voters and to the community in order to sell it to them.
       As far as the selling of the package, he likes the project, but does not
       think that we can get support from the community on all these projects.

       Mayor Flores thinks that in any or in all of these we have to have the
       word "jobs" or "creation of jobs".  The only one that stands out creation
       of jobs is Number 5.  What concerns her is not involving a very important
       group of people and those are the groups of people that do not have jobs
       right now or have low paying jobs that will also be on the same boat as
       everybody else who benefits from a good job.  She would like to see that
       we step back for a few weeks or a month to include a large group of non
       profit organizations that may represent either fixed income folks,
       elderly or low income people to hear from them, and include them in the
       discussions so that they contribute to these discussions and with
       concerns.  She added that this is her reason for wanting to wait until
       August.  She wants to include more discussions before we go to the polls,
       that there be more balance, and the only way is to initially include,
       invite, facilitate and listen to everybody.

       Mr. Swebel stated we need to hold public forums and suggested
       neighborhood town hall meetings to share the information with everyone.

       Mayor Flores stated that the meetings work well when the Councilmember of
       their district go there accompanied by the resource people.  She asked
       that the meetings be headed by the
       Councilmember in their district.

       Cm. Guerra agrees that this election should be postponed until August.
       He does not agree with the memorandum received today with the general
       terms that it expresses.  He referred to the communication received from
       Mr. Pena dated January 30, 1998 which is more project specific.  It
       outlines about 8 projects that could be funded by this sales tax and
       thinks it is the way they should approach the voters.

       Cm. Guerra left the meeting at 1:15 p.m.

       Mr. Jorge Trevino stated they need to have a plan, be project specific,
       and time specific.

       Mr. Larry Norton spoke of the projects and asked that they be time
       specific.

       The general consensus was to be project and time specific.

   V.  ADJOURNMENT

       Motion to adjourn.

       Moved : Cm. Perez
       Second: Cw. Montalvo
       For:  4                          Against:  0         Abstain:  0

I HEREBY CERTIFY THAT THE ABOVE MINUTES CONTAINED IN PAGES 01 TO 04 ARE TRUE,
COMPLETE, AND CORRECT PROCEEDINGS WORKSHOP HELD ON THE  24TH DAY OF FEBRUARY,
1998.  A CERTIFIED COPY IS IN FILE AT THE CITY SECRETARY'S OFFICE.


                                  ________________________
                                   GUSTAVO GUEVARA, JR.
                                   CITY SECRETARY

Minutes Prepared by: Delia Rodriguez