Marfa Asks Documentation For $110K Bill From County

MARFA, TX (Ben Caxton) — Presidio County wants $110,000 from Marfa. The Marfa City Council wants to see the receipts. At last week’s meeting, the council voted unanimously to ask Presidio County Judge Cinderela Guevara for additional information and supporting documentation from Presidio County in its request for payment from the city for law enforcement services. Marfa fired Presidio County Sheriff Danny Dominguez last month, whose deputies had patrolled Marfa since it disbanded its police force in 2008 when the city and the Sheriff could not come to terms on an extension of their agreement. The county says the bill is for sheriff’s office’s services to the city from end of the contract in October until official termination in May. City Attorney Teresa Todd said the county would have to supply names of the three deputies that were assigned to patrol the city, budgetary documents, and actual expenses incurred during the seven-month period before the city would agree to pay the requested amount. Judge Guevara told the council that she did not have solid numbers with her. But added that deputies’ salaries with benefits ran the county around $52,000 and fuel and maintenance for sheriff’s office vehicles averaged around $815 per month for patrol, among other expenses.

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