As we reported last week, it’s now confirmed that Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton’s office is investigating lingering questions about the Erath County Sheriff’s Office, and what transpired last year that led to the termination of four officials at the department and an investigation by the Texas Commission on Law Enforcement. On Monday, Sheriff Matt Coates confirmed to Erath County Commissioners that the AG’s office has assigned an investigator to look into potential wrongdoings. Coates said after Monday’s meeting he doesn’t know what the investigation might uncover, or how it relates to the suicide of Sheriff Tommy Bryant.
Erath County commissioners heard a report Monday from attorney Robert Meyers concerning tax collections. Myers said there are very few delinquency issues, and that the county is collecting its property taxes at a “high percentage rate.” In his report, Meyers told commissioners that over the past four years the county’s total annual tax collections exceeded the amount of taxes that had been levied. Meyers said over 65% of delinquent taxes referred to his law firm since July 2016 have been collected.
The firm has sent over thirty-five hundred delinquent tax notices, filed under fifty delinquent tax suits, recovered 15 judgments and posted 15 properties for sale. He said people are conscientious about paying their taxes.