Project plan changes, yearly fees approved
Fees for the 2019 calendar year for the sheriffs’ and constables’ offices were set by Gillespie County Commissioners during their regular meeting on Monday.
According to Gillespie County Judge Mark Stroeher, these are fees that are set for each calendar year and are examined each year. Commissioners and organizations are encouraged to compare similar fees in neighboring counties.
Sheriff Buddy Mills was not present but Stroeher stated that Mills believed that the information laid out in the documents did not need to be modified.
County Constable Pct. 2 Marshall Akin recommended some changes.
“On subpoena and summons and services fees, you recommend it go from $65 to $75 and service fees increase from $150 to $200,” Stroeher stated. “What I don’t understand is CD/DVD fees of $10.”
Akin explained this would be in a situation in which a constable would pull someone over in a traffic stop and an attorney or insurance agency would request a copy of the video.
Stroeher reminded Akin that the county attorney or the defense attorney would request the video directly from the law enforcement agency.
“Primarily what this would be, if I or another constable witnessed an accident, I could turn my lights on, activate the video and the insurance company then contacted me personally for a copy of the DVD from my camera in my car,” Akin said. “We believe there should be some kind of compensation for that.”
Stroeher stated that no other counties were providing a service like this.
“We are already higher than some of these other counties,” he said. “The sheriff recommends that we just keep things as is. I think we can go ahead with the proposed fee changes but not go with the CD/DVD fee.”
County Commissioner Pct. 4 Donnie Schuch stated that he thought Gillespie should be in line with what other neighboring counties are charging.
“I think we can look at this again next year and see if other counties are charging for something like this,” Stroeher said.
Commissioners agreed to make the service fee changes and reconsider the CD/DVD fees.
In addition, commissioners agreed to keep the fees for County Road and Bridge and Child Safety funds at $11.50.
Fees in counties around the area are similar to Gillespie County, Stroeher said.
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