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El Paso County, Texas

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Budget Y
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Meetings Y
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Elected Officials Y
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Administrative Officials Y
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Permits, zoning
Audits Y
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Contracts P
Lobbying P
Public records P
Local taxes Y
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El Paso County, Texas is one of 254 counties in Texas. It is one of the nine counties that comprise the Trans-Pecos region of West Texas. According to the 2010 U.S. Census, the county had a population of 800,647. Its county seat is El Paso. El Paso is Spanish for "the Pass." It is named for the pass the Rio Grande creates through the mountains on either side of the river.The El Paso Metropolitan Statistical Area includes all of El Paso County. Unlike a vast majority of the state of Texas, El Paso County is in the Mountain Time Zone.

Website evaluation

In 2011 El Paso County earned a Sunny Awards for having a perfect website transparency score.

This website was most recently evaluated on 27 December 2012.

The good

  • Budget
    • The most current budget is listed.
    • Budgets are archived for 4 years.[1]
  • Audits
    • The most recent audit is posted.
    • Audits dating back to 2004 are available.[2]
  • Meetings
    • Meeting minutes are archived for 11 years.
    • Meeting agendas are archived for 11 years.
    • A meeting calendar is available and names the times and locations of public meetings.
    • Meeting videos are available.[3]
  • Elected Officials
    • Elected officials are listed with a mailing address, phone number and personalized email.[4]
  • Administrative officials
    • Department heads are listed for each department.
    • Contact information for administrative officials is provided including a mailing address, phone number, and personalized email.[5]
  • Contracts
    • Bids and RFPs are posted online.
    • Approved contract statements are provided for vendors.[6]
  • Lobbying
    • The County provides information on lobbyists registered with the County.
    • Code of Ethics is posted.
  • Information on public records is provided.[7]
  • Taxes
    • Tax revenues are broken down by federal, state, and local funding in the budget.
    • Local taxes, like property taxes, are available online.[8]
  • Permits and zoning[9]
    • Zoning ordinances are posted online.
    • Permit applications can be downloaded on the site, along with information on how to apply for the permits.

The bad

  • Contracts
    • Approved contract statements are not provided for vendors.
  • Taxes
    • Residents are not able to pay taxes online.[10]
  • Lobbying
    • If the county engaged in lobbying actives or if it's a member of government lobbying associations are not disclosed. Nor is the total cost lobbying activities or membership dues for associations available.
  • Public records
    • The public information officer is not identified. Sunshine Review requires a mailing address, phone number and personalized email be listed with this position.
    • A public records request form is not provided, nor is a fee structure provided.

County Commissioners Court

Official Precincts Name Party Term
County Judge Pcts. 1-173 Veronica Escobar Democrat 2010-2014
Commissioner #1 Pct. 47, 84, 87-120, 146, 162, 165 (39) Anna Perez Democrat 2008-2012
Commissioner #2 Pct. 26-28, 32, 34-40, 59-83, 85, 86, 121,
122, 124, 125, 131, 132, 164 (45)
Sergio Lewis Democrat 2010-2014
Commissioner #3 Pct. 123, 126-130, 133-145, 147-161,
163, 166-169,171-173 (42)
Willie Gandara Democrat 2008-2012
Commissioner #4 Pct. 1-25, 29-31, 33, 41-46, 48-58, 170 (47) Daniel R. Haggerty Republican 2010-2014


The 2011 adopted budget totals $247,108,206. Funds include:[11]

Debt Service $12,808,174
Enterprise $2,260,104
Capital Projects $1,412,961
Special Revenue $31,392,980
General Fund $199,233,987

The 2011 budget will raise more property taxes than the 2010 budget by $8,586,288 or a 7.49% increase, and if that amount $2,176,033 is tax revenue to be raised from new property added to the tax roll in 2011.[11]


In 2008, El Paso County reported $160,000 spent on lobbying.[12]

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