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Midland Co. Attorney files motion to dismiss lawsuit against County Judge over budget

Midland County District Attorney Laura Nodolf has filed a lawsuit against Midland County Judge Terry Johnson claiming that the county's budget hasn't been filed on time.
Midland County District Attorney Laura Nodolf has filed a lawsuit against Midland County Judge Terry Johnson claiming that the county's budget hasn't been filed on time.(Midland County/Facebook)
Published: Aug. 5, 2020 at 3:27 PM CDT
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MIDLAND, Texas (KOSA) - UPDATE: Midland County Attorney Russell Malm has filed a motion to dismiss District Attorney Laura Nodolf’s lawsuit.

According to the motion, Malm states that the budget does not need to be filed in July as Nodolf states, just that it needs to be prepared.

County Judge Terry Johnson tells CBS7 that he will be filing the proposed budget on Thursday.

You can read the motion to dismiss the lawsuit below:

Midland County District Attorney Laura Nodolf has filed a civil suit against County Judge Terry Johnson over the county’s budget, according to court documents.

In the court documents, Nodolf claims that Judge Johnson has failed to prepare a budget for the upcoming fiscal year by the 10th month of the current fiscal year, July, and has not filed said budget with the county clerk for inspection.

The court documents state that Nodolf is concerned that Johnson ‘may attempt to make budgetary adjustments that are contrary to the laws of the State of Texas.'

Nodolf also says in the suit that Johnson failed to file the proposed budget within the time period allowed last year (2019).

According to the documents, Nodolf is requesting through the suit that Johnson file the proposed county budget for the 2021 fiscal year immediately and that a hearing be held on Wednesday, August 5.

Johnson says he will be filing his proposed budget on Thursday, August 6. According to Johnson, he and previous judges for Midland County have always filed their budgets on the 6th of August.

You can read the full suit below:

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