Fees for constable, sheriff services jump
After charging the same fees for five years, the Commissioners Court has approved a new fee schedule for the sheriff’s and constables’ offices.
The fee schedule includes such things as Animal Control services, copies of reports, the filing of peace bonds, bailiff fees and more.
Examples of fee increases include tax warrants and writs of garnishment, both of which are going from $150 to $175, and eviction notices, which will now be $90 instead of $75.
The county’s four constables are becoming increasingly busy as the county grows, particularly Precinct 4 Constable Chad Jordan and his office. Jordan is the only constable to have a deputy.
“We’ve got the growth because of Cresson and the north side,” he said.
Jordan also supervises three school resource officers.
During a recent Commissioners Court meeting, Jordan noted that his office served 50 eviction notices in two days in one subdivision.
With the county’s increasing population, he said, constables are handling higher numbers of cases involving child support, delinquent taxes and other matters.
“We are definitely growing and staying busy,” he said, adding that constables patrol and perform bailiff duties in addition to being process servers.
Jordan said that he and other constables will need to be “creative” in finding grants and other funding sources to achieve staffing and equipment goals for the evolving county.
“Hood County is definitely growing,” he said. “If we wait and be reactive, we’re going to be behind the curve.”
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