Texas Attorney General Opinion: O-1449 Page: 4 of 5
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Hon. Gilbert Smith, page 4
valuation in excess of Twenty Million ($20,000,000)
Dollars, according to the last preceding approved
tax roll of such county, the maximum amount allow-
ed such officers as salaries, may be increased
one (1%) percent for each One Million ($1,000,000)
Dollars valuation or fractional part thereof, in
excess of said Twenty Million ($20,000,000) Dollars
valuation over and above the maximum amount allow-
ed such officer under laws existing on August 24,
*(a) The Commissioners' Court may authorize
the employment o astenographer by the county
Judge and pay or such services out o the gene-
ral fund o the county to an amount not to ex-
ceed welve Hundred ($12004 Dollars per year."
The provisions of Article 3912e would apply to
Articles 3902 and section 13(a) of Article 3912e,
however, appear to be in conflict in respect to the author-
ity of the county Judge in appointing an assistant or steno-
This department has ruled on practically the
same question in opinion No. 0-282 by the Honorable Ben-
jamin Woodall, Assistant Attorney General, who rendered
an opinion on whether a county judge, who has hereto-
fore employed a stenographer on the basis of $100.00 per
month, may now employ an assistant on the basis of $125.
per month, Citing Articles 3902 and Section 13(a) of
Article 3912e, it was held that the special provisions
of Article 3912e would control the general statutes,
and that the county judge would be precluded from pay-
ing the county judge's stenographer in excess of $1200.
39 TEX. JUR., 212, 1 114, and cases cited.
Section 13(a) of Article 3912e is a definite
limitation upon Article 3902 in respect to the counties
to which it applies and since it specifically controls
the case of the county judge's assistant or stenographer,
it removes the county judge from the coverage of the
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Texas. Attorney-General's Office. Texas Attorney General Opinion: O-1449, text, 1939; (texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth258635/m1/4/: accessed February 22, 2019), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; crediting UNT Libraries Government Documents Department.