ODESSA, Texas (ABC Big 2/ FOX 24) – Odessa Mayor Javier Joven and Midland Mayor Patrick Payton sat down one on one for the first time to talk about how their cities can work together.
One of the big talking point at Thursday night meeting was how to improve the oil and gas industry, as well as how both cities can come together to improve the local economy. Both mayors also talked about how their cities should fix their property taxes.
Mayor Joven also voiced his support for making Odessa a sanctuary city for the unborn. Mayor Payton said he will wait to see what Washington D.C decides on abortion.
Both Mayor Joven and Mayor Payton believe coming together to have these conversations are important for their cities.
“It’s important to have both of our cities, our economies, our work force, that we’re affected by the same thing the same elements and to be able for us to be able to know how best we can work together for our interchangeable communities,” Joven said.
“Everything that happens in West Texas is a Midland and Odessa issue and we may have our differences in the way we do things but the fact of the matter is we are still the anchor of West Texas and so it’s great for the both of us to be here,” Payton said.