It is good to see that the nobility can be forced to follow the law, just like us poor peasants.
But I think the potential monetary penalty is more than the letter from the OAG indicated. In the last paragraph of the letter, he states that:
Be advised that each day of a continuing violation constitutes a separate violation. TEX. Gov'T
CODE § 41 l.209(c). Accordingly, beginning on the sixteenth (16th) day following the receipt of
this written notice the county may be liable for a proposed maximum penalty of $1,500 for each
day the county remains in violation...
But just before that paragraph, he points out that:
Section 4 l 1.209(b) of the Government Code authorizes the court to assess civil penalties in the
• Not less than $1,000 and not more than $1,500 for the first violation; and
• Not less than $10,000 and not more than $10,500 for the second or a subsequent violation.
So doesn't that mean that if the county does not remedy the situation, that the first day fine would be $1,500, but on each following day, the fine would be up to $10,500 per day for each additional day? Not that it makes a lot of difference, but if it were directed at me, I think the possibility of a fine of $10,500 a day would definitely get my attention!
But either way, absolutely great news!