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    News Article | July 20, 2022

    Commissioners Court

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    "It's been brought to my attention that there's an historical cemetety in my precinct that needs some minor repair work on the main driveway into the cemetery. I don't think it's maintained by a religious group. Can I use my employees and funds to make the repairs?"

    Can the county use public funds to maintain an historical cemetery?

    Under certain circumstances, for the purposes of historical preservation or public health, safety, or welfare, the commissioners court is authorized to use public funds, county employees, county inmate labor, and county equipment to maintain a cemetery that is at least 50 years old (Health & Safety Code §713.028). However, county property may not be used to maintain a perpetual care cemetery or one maintained by a religious or fraternal organization, even if the cemetery contains an historical grave marker. For more information, see our publication, Cemeteries and Pauper Burial.