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Texas Government Code - GOV'T § 51.711. Additional Filing Fee for Civil Cases in Hidalgo County and Cameron County

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(a) This section applies only to district courts, statutory probate courts, and county courts at law in Hidalgo County and Cameron County.

(b) Except as otherwise provided by this section and in addition to all other fees authorized or required by other law, the clerk of a court shall collect a filing fee of not more than $20 in each civil case filed in the court to be used:

(1) for the construction, renovation, or improvement of the facilities that house the Hidalgo County or Cameron County civil courts;  and

(2) to pay the principal of, interest on, and costs of issuance of bonds, including refunding bonds, issued for the construction, renovation, or improvement of the facilities that house the Hidalgo County or Cameron County civil courts.

(c) Court fees due under this section shall be collected in the same manner as other fees, fines, or costs are collected in the case.

(d) The clerk shall send the fees collected under this section to the county treasurer of the county in which the court is located or to any other official who discharges the duties commonly assigned to the county treasurer at least as frequently as monthly.  The treasurer or other official shall deposit the fees in a special account in the county treasury dedicated to the construction, renovation, or improvement of the facilities that house the courts in the county collecting the fee.

(e) This section applies only to fees for a 12-month period beginning October 1, if the commissioners court of the county collecting the fee:

(1) adopts a resolution authorizing a fee of not more than $20;

(2) adopts a resolution requiring the county to spend one dollar for the construction, renovation, or improvement of the court facilities for each dollar spent from the special account dedicated to that purpose;  and

(3) files the resolutions with the county treasurer or with any other official who discharges the duties commonly assigned to the county treasurer not later than September 1 immediately preceding the first 12-month period during which the fees are to be collected.

(e-1) If Hidalgo County or Cameron County has adopted a resolution authorizing a fee as provided by Subsection (e) that is abolished on or before October 1, 2030, the county may:

(1) adopt a resolution authorizing the fee adopted under Subsection (e) to continue until October 1, 2045;

(2) adopt a resolution providing that the county must continue to spend one dollar for the construction, renovation, or improvement of the court facilities for each dollar spent from the special account dedicated to that purpose;  and

(3) file the resolution adopted under this subsection with the county treasurer or with any other official who discharges the duties commonly assigned to the county treasurer not later than September 1 immediately preceding the first 12-month period during which the county has authorized the fee to continue to be collected through October 1, 2045.

(f) A resolution adopted under Subsection (e) continues from year to year until October 1, 2030, if adopted under Subsection (e) before September 1, 2017, or October 1, 2045, if adopted under Subsection (e) on or after September 1, 2017, allowing the county to collect fees under the terms of this section until the resolution is rescinded.  A resolution adopted under Subsection (e-1) continues from year to year until October 1, 2045, allowing the county to collect fees under the terms of this section until the resolution is rescinded.

(g) The commissioners court of the county collecting the fee may rescind a resolution adopted under Subsection (e) or (e-1) by adopting a resolution rescinding the resolution and submitting the rescission resolution to the county treasurer or to any other official who discharges the duties commonly assigned to the county treasurer not later than September 1 preceding the beginning of the first day of the county fiscal year.  The commissioners court may adopt an additional resolution in the manner provided by Subsection (e) after rescinding a previous resolution.

(h) A fee established under a particular resolution is abolished on the earlier of:

(1) the date a resolution adopted under Subsection (e) or (e-1) is rescinded as provided by Subsection (g);

(2) October 1, 2030, if adopted under Subsection (e) before September 1, 2017;

(3) October 1, 2045, if adopted under Subsection (e) on or after September 1, 2017;  or

(4) October 1, 2045, if adopted under Subsection (e-1).

(i) Hidalgo County or Cameron County may make the required expenditure described by Subsection (e)(2) or (e-1)(2) at any time, regardless of when the expenditure from the special account occurs.

Cite this article: FindLaw.com - Texas Government Code - GOV'T § 51.711. Additional Filing Fee for Civil Cases in Hidalgo County and Cameron County - last updated April 14, 2021 | https://codes.findlaw.com/tx/government-code/gov-t-sect-51-711/


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