When Travis County constables from two precincts head out several mornings a week in their recognizable cruisers, they might not always be working for the local taxpayers who pay their salaries.
One of the primary jobs of Texas constables is serving arrest warrants for minor crimes such as unpaid speeding tickets. Yet, in an arrangement that appears rare, if not unheard of, in other precincts across the state, Travis County Precincts 2 and 3 have been renting out their deputies to a growing number of Central Texas cities and towns to help those cities serve their local warrants.
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Fine and warrant fee collections
Amounts collected by Travis County constable offices on behalf of other Central Texas cities and towns, which are sent back to those towns, and the fee that goes into Travis County’s general fund as payment of services for constables.
Luling $1,959 $550
Buda $31,841 $8,200
Hutto $24,651 $5,900
Kyle $38,020 $8,550
Lakeway $39,240 $5,050
Lexington $12,562 $2,450
Lockhart $12,867 $3,400
Manor $136,414 $21,600
Thorndale $1,609 $350
Bee Cave $10,359 $1,300
Elgin $14,164 $2,400
Investigative reporter Tony Plohetski has covered law enforcement and criminal justice issues for nearly a dozen years. Recently, he has examined how judges grant personal bonds to some Travis County criminal defendants with no input from prosecutors and how two board members for the Austin police pension system worked for companies that did business with the system.