LC payment practice remains despite AG ruling

By Roxanne Thompson
Staff Writer
Limestone County commissioners court was confronted with a decision after Attorney General Ken Paxton issued an opinion concerning how counties make payments, which could have resulted in the twice-monthly commissioners court meetings becoming weekly events. After some discussion, however, and consultation with the county treasurer, the court’s members all agreed to continue proceeding as they have been.
County Judge Daniel Burkeen brought the matter to the commissioners’ attention at their Aug. 15 meeting, describing how a dispute in Montgomery County ended in their commissioners asking Attorney General Paxton to issue an opinion on the subject.
“What it is,” Burkeen said, “most counties do as we’ve always done: They pay payroll as they’re required to do, and pay people; and if it doesn’t fall right after commissioners court, they ratify it at the next meeting. Montgomery County and a lot of counties had an actual formal agreement to that effect, that they would ratify those payments at the next meeting. The Attorney General responded to their request by saying they can’t pay anything, even payroll, until after it’s approved by commissioners court.”

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