Settlement reached in Tax Assessor Office lawsuit
A case between the county and ten former employees with the Tax Assessor's Office has been settled.
The resolution came after a closed-door meeting between County Commissioners as a request made by County Attorney Ana Laura Cavazos and the attorney representing the County in this case, Kyle Watson.
The Commissioners and the County Judge went behind close doors to make a decision to either settle or continue with the case.
The case involves ten County employees who were let go for allegedly not participating in Patricia Barrera’s previous campaign:
After two hours of deliberating behind closed doors, the Commissioners and the Judge came back with "no action taken" in the matter but later took the recommendations of the attorneys as both parties settle for almost a million dollars:
"The insurance carrier agreed to do a settlement of 950 thousand dollars. It’s for all the plaintiffs, attorney's fees and all costs."
Aside from the $8.5 million the former employees were looking for in the lawsuit, they also asked for their jobs back but Barrera says that's not going to happen.
Commissioners say they have spent thousands of dollars on the case, and are just glad that it's finally over.
Barrera is still facing gambling charges stemming from a lengthy investigation by the State Attorney General's office.
The trial is set to go to court in February.