Here Come the Judge
Last week, we gave you chapter one of our two-parter about Hays County-based District Judge Bill Henry laying the smack down on his New Braunfels-based colleagues in the central Texas justice game. Said smack was laid because he considers Judges Steel, Robison and Boyer lazy AF.
If you haven’t read that article yet, we highly suggest, you get yourself up to speed before moving on to this one. It won’t make sense unless you do. You can access part one HERE.
For those of y’all ready to rock, here we go, again:
Over $100 an Hour to Type Real Fast Ain’t Bad Work
“The system has evolved to a situation where Central Texas taxpayers foot the majority of the expense, the New Braunfels judges have control over all administration in Hays county, and they show up in court as little as possible. This dynamic plays out in a thousand ways that hurt taxpayers. For example, Hays county taxpayers pay 40% of Judge Steel’s court reporter. Forty percent of his $100,000 salary is $40,000. He was in court in Hays county 48 times last year. That means Hays county is paying the court reporter over $883 per day for less than a full day’s work. It also means that Hay’s county taxpayers pay for 40 percent of the salary for 13 percent of the work. This equation plays out every day in the district court administration.
“This is a shell game. Recently Judge Steel begged out of his civil caseload in Guadalupe county on the excuse that he would be handling more cases Judge Robison in Hays and Comal counties. In return he handled no days for Judge Robison in Hays county. The only conclusion is that he tells his two largest counties different stories so he can put his work on other people. The needs of Central Texas are too large and important for this kind of nonsense.
“We ran as candidates who would take care of taxpayer dollars. This revolving system among the large counties is a waste of taxpayer money and the taxpayers need to know about it.”