When Cameron County Justice of the Peace Jonathan Gracia took over Precinct 2 Place 2 in Brownsville in Jan. 2015, he noticed a problem with the courtroom’s backlogged citations.
Gracia says close to 13,000 citations from 1999 to 2013 had been backlogged.
Just this year, Gracia completed the backlog— collecting nearly $125,000 for the county.
When asked how much the county would have collected if those citations were paid on time, Gracia said over $1 million.
Gracia says he and his staff worked to update the courtroom’s notification system, by notifying the public via phone about their citations and scheduled court dates. Gracia says the changes were made so the courts could handle citations more efficiently.
“If that occurs then that, of course, allows the county to not be able to raise taxes which is, of course, always public importance,” Gracia said.
According to the Cameron County Auditor, the 2017 projected net revenue for Gracia’s court was $439,639.
His court surpassed the projection, collecting $1,085,257.42.