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Hon. Robert B. McLeaish, Jr., page 2 (WW-1466)
a judge to try this case. Judge J. H.
Starley, of Pecos, was appointed by
Chief Justice Calvert to preside over
the water suit. Judge Starley has
found it necessary to bring this court
reporter with him when traveling to
this county in connection with his judi-
cial duties here.
"4. Administrative as well as judi-
cial problems are involved in the trial
of the water suit.
"5. To aid in administration of the
water use from time to time, a fund has
been created by contribution of the water
users which enables them to pay for the
services of a water master, various employ-
ees under the water master, various profes-
sional fees and other expenses. The users
are charged as follows: Farmers pay 30
per acre quarterly or 5$ per acre foot
used quarterly, whichever is greater; each
city has a specific weekly water allotment
and pays 65$ per acre foot quarterly on
this weekly water allotment or 5$ per acre
foot on the water used during the quarter,
whichever is greater.
"As a result of these unique features of the
water case that is now being tried in the 93rd
Judicial District Court of the State of Texas,
which Court is located in Hidalgo County, Texas,
several questions have arisen:
"1. Since the presiding judge of
the water suit, Judge Starley, finds it
necessary to travel great distances and
live away from home for extended periods
of time, is it legal to pay Judge Starley
from the fund that has been created by
contributions from the various users? If
it is legal to pay Judge Starley's expenses
and the expenses of his reporter from this
. fund, exactly what procedure would be fol-
lowed in providing for these expenses?
"2. If it is not legal to pay Judge
Starley and his reporter from the water
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Texas. Attorney-General's Office. Texas Attorney General Opinion: WW-1466, text, November 1, 1962; (texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth268079/m1/2/?rotate=270: accessed December 15, 2018), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; crediting UNT Libraries Government Documents Department.