CBP and SAT Update Residents On Upcoming Projects



IMPERIAL COUNTY – The U.S. Customs and Border Patrol Protection Agency (CBP) and Tax Administration Service (SAT) held its quarterly bi-national meeting to provide citizens with statuses and answer questions and concerns. The meeting was held  October 15 at the Carmen Durazo Cultural Arts Center in Calexico.

The Tax Administration Service (SAT) is a decentralized body of the Secretariat of Finance and Public Credit of Mexico, which has the responsibility to implement tax legislation and customs, so that individuals and companies to contribute proportionately and equitably public spending, to oversee taxpayers to comply with tax and customs regulations, to facilitate and encourage volunteering and to generate and provide the necessary information for the design and evaluation of tax policy implementation.

A super closure of State Route 7 and Highway 98 will soon commence in order to combine the concrete paving, remove the existing pavement and replace it with large stone matrix asphalt (larger aggregate size with longer lifetime) combining concrete paving.

The overhaul is scheduled to be completed by Thanksgiving Day. Input from residents, businesses and the trucking industry is being requested to determine whether several short full weekend closures or a long closure beginning Saturday 9pm to Friday 5am would be preferred?

Over the next five years, the state is scheduled to invest over $500 million dollars to replace all concrete lanes on Interstate 8 between El Centro and Yuma. The project is out for bidding at this time.

With the harvest season and holidays soon approaching one of the concerns were the long lines to cross to and from Mexicali during late nights and early mornings and not having sufficient lanes for accommodate.

“It is my understanding that a few years ago GSA drew up drawings to add six additional lanes to the existing 6 lanes downtown through a 559 (private donation). Is CBP still interested and what do I have to do to move this project forward?” asked John Renison, Board of Supervisors D-1.

Both U.S. Customs and Border Patrol Protection Agency (CBP) and Tax Administration Service (SAT) agreed this would be a great project and will schedule a future meeting for further discussion.

In addition the CBP informed that a new program where residents from both sides of the border will be able to provide feedback and make complaints in an effort to provide better service when crossing the border. The program is scheduled to commence in November.

The next quarterly meeting will be in January 2016.

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