Marfa City Council Approves New Budget, Police Department Dissolved

Staff Report
NewsWest 9

MARFA - The budget is in and the Police Department is out, that's the decision made by the Marfa City Council.

The City Council voted three to two to approve the three-and-a-half-million-dollar budget.

Included in that budget is an 18-percent decrease in water and sewage rates for residents.

That means a loss of revenue for the City to the tune of almost $93,000 per year, it also includes a four-percent increase in property taxes.

What the budget doesn't include is the Police Department.

The three-to-two vote was the same a couple weeks ago when Police Chief J.D. Wilbourn narrowly kept his job after accusations of corruption and misconduct.

A four-to-one vote would've ousted him then, this time a simple majority did it.

City officials say they've been talking to the Presidio County Sheriff's Department about how to provide the citizens some law enforcement.

The county would provide two deputies & their vehicles to serve the city at a cost of $96,000 a year.

At this point, there is no formal contract in place for that agreement, that must be agreed and voted on by both the City Council and the County Commissioners.

The new budget for Marfa goes into effect October 1st.