Reeves County Judge, Commissioners Petitioned to Appear in District Court

Staff Report
NewsWest 9

REEVES COUNTY - The drama continues in Reeves County as more unexpected surprises pop up during a special Commissioner's Court meeting.

It all started two years ago with a 17.1 million dollar bond election and the story has weaved itself out through the last two weeks. The latest chapter was written on Thursday night.

In a special Commissioners Court meeting, County Judge Sam Contreras and Commissioners Gabriel Martinez and Ramiro Guerra were served a petition to appear in district court, next week.

According to the petition, three approved budget amendments during Monday nights regular meeting were passed illegally.

Those amendments would help pay for part of a 17.1 million dollar bond, approved by voters in 2008, that would make improvements to the golf course and build a new sports complex.

When Commissioners Raul Herrera and Roy Alvarado failed to show up to approve the 2011 budget and tax rate, the County defaulted to last year's budget, which didn't have those provisions.

According to Reeves County Attorney, Alva Alvarez, those amendments passed with a vote of three to two, will increase the budget in excess of $800,000. Alvarez also says, the action was illegal since an emergency meeting was not called, to vote on those amendments.

The petition is for a temporary injunction to stop the bond construction.

We're told Contreras and the two commissioners have hired legal council.

The hearing which is set in the 143rd District Court at 9:00 a.m.  in Pecos on Monday morning. The hearing will occur in District Judge James Rex's courtroom. Judge Bob Parks recused himself.

County Judge Sam Contrereas has not returned our calls for comment.