El Paso County

El Paso County Welcome to the El Paso County Government page. This dynamic international community combines the advantages of a major metropolitan center with the ambiance and neighborly charm of a modern western town.

El Paso County was created from Bexar District in 1849, organized in 1850, and incorporated in 1871. Parts of El Paso County were taken to form Culberson County in 1911 and Hudspeth County in 1915. El Paso County is one of the 254 counties in the state of Texas. The county was named in the early days for being a well-known Pass ("Paso") through the Rocky Mountains.It is the most western county in Texas, and is about equidistant from Houston, Texas, Los Angeles, California and Denver, Colorado. Also, bordered on the east side by Hudspeth County, El Paso County is just to the North of the International Boundary between the United States of America and the Republic of Mexico, and touches Dona Ana County in New Mexico. The county is a strategic crossroads for continental north-south and east-west traffic and spans a geographic area of about 1,013 square miles.

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Photos from El Paso County Judge Ricardo Samaniego's post
04/15/2021

Photos from El Paso County Judge Ricardo Samaniego's post

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03/03/2021

Photos from El Paso County Parks & Recreation's post

03/02/2021

EL PASO COUNTY CIVIL SERVICE COMMISSION SEEKS APPLICANTS TO RECOMMEND TO COMMISSIONERS COURT TO SERVE ON THE EL PASO COUNTY ETHICS COMMISSION

Application Deadline Extended until April 27, 2021.

EL PASO, TEXAS - The El Paso County Civil Service Commission is seeking qualified applicants to recommend to Commissioners Court to serve on the El Paso County Ethics Commission. The application process is now open and closes on Tuesday, April 27, 2021. All interested applicants should submit a board application and resume to the El Paso County Human Resources Department.

To be eligible for nomination to the commission per Sec. 161.056 of the Texas Local Government Code, a person must:
• be at least 18 years old;
• be a property taxpayer in the county;
• have resided in the county for the two years immediately preceding the date on which the person’s term will begin.

A person is not eligible for appointment to the commission if they are:
• an elected officer;
• a county employee;
• a county affiliate (defined as a person whose goods or services are purchased under a purchase order or contractual agreement with the county, and any other person doing business with the county as determined by the county);
• a person employed as a lobbyist;
• a person convicted of a misdemeanor involving moral turpitude or a felony;
• or delinquent in payment of local, state, or federal taxes.

The Ethics Commission was created by Commissioners Court in September 2009. The stability of democracy depends upon the continuing consent of the governed, which in turn depends upon the trust the electorate holds for its government.
The Ethics Commission of the County of El Paso, Texas, in concert with elected county officials, as well as leaders of the various county departments, recognizes the need to maintain the public trust and confidence in the workings of county government and thus adopted a Code of Ethics.
The Ethics Commission adopts, publishes, and enforces an ethics code governing county public servants. Each member of the commission is appointed for a term of two years and may serve more than one term.
The Commission usually meets once per quarter to review items that have been placed on the agenda. If any complaints or issues need to be addressed by the Commission between regular meetings, a special meeting will be held. With the exception of Executive Session, these meetings are always open to the public.
ONLINE application: http://www.epcounty.com/ethicscom/application.htm
Printable Application: EL_PASO_COUNTY_ETHICS_COMMISSION_PACKET.pdf (epcounty.com)

Printed application and resume may be submitted by email at [email protected].

For additional information please call Claudia Murguia at 915-546-2215.

COUNTY TO HOLD OPEN MEETING TO DISCUSS PROPOSED DOWNTOWN HISTORIC DISTRICT. Downtown property owners are invited to a vi...
02/25/2021
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COUNTY TO HOLD OPEN MEETING TO DISCUSS PROPOSED DOWNTOWN HISTORIC DISTRICT.

Downtown property owners are invited to a virtual discussion about the historic district nomination process

EL PASO, TX— The County of El Paso is inviting property owners within the proposed boundaries of the National Historic District to join a virtual town hall on Saturday, February 27th, at 10:00am.

The goal of the meeting is to inform property owners of the overall process in establishing the national historic district and how this benefits property owners and the community at large. To join the meeting, any member of the public can visit http://downtown.epcounty.com at 10:00am on Saturday. If you are not taken directly to the link, please copy and paste the downtown.epcounty.com onto your browser. You will automatically be directed to the virtual meeting.

The El Paso County Economic Development Department administers programs which seek to enhance the business operating climate and promote heritage tourism throughout El Paso County. These efforts serve to enhance the quality of life for all residents.

02/17/2021

2021 Youth Spring Season is finally here!!!

The El Paso County Sportspark will begin accepting team registrations for the 2021 Youth Spring season starting February 20 through February 27.

Registration will be by appointment only and on a first come, first serve basis.

Visit www.epcountyparks.com/sportspark for more information and the new guidelines that are in place.

02/16/2021

NORTHWEST TAX OFFICE
Opening Wednesday, February 17th, 2021

El Paso, Texas – The El Paso County Tax Assessor-Collector Ruben P. Gonzalez is happy to announce the reopening of the Northwest Tax Office located at 435 E. Vinton Rd., Suite B, Vinton, Texas 79821.

HOURS OF OPERATION
MONDAY - FRIDAY
Morning hours 9:00 am 12:00 pm
Closed for lunch 12:00 pm 1:00 pm
Afternoon hours 1:00 pm 4:30 pm

OUR OFFICES WILL OPERATE WITH RESTRICTIVE GUIDELINES AS FOLLOWS:
1. Our offices will be limited to a 50% occupancy. No more than TWO persons may enter per title transfer, for assisting a customer for handicap placards, or to assist an elderly person. This limit includes children accompanying an adult; additional children will not be allowed to enter the building. This limit will be strictly enforced.
2. Must maintain social distancing requirements of at least six feet from other people.
3. Requirement of a face covering over nose and mouth will be enforced.
4. Temperature checks and health screenings will be conducted prior to entering the building.
5. Use of hand sanitizer will be required upon entering and exiting the building.

EL PASO COUNTY CIVIL SERVICE COMMISSION SEEKS APPLICANTS TO RECOMMEND TO COMMISSIONERS COURT TO SERVE ON THE EL PASO COU...
02/11/2021
County of El Paso Texas - Ethics Commission

EL PASO COUNTY CIVIL SERVICE COMMISSION SEEKS APPLICANTS TO RECOMMEND TO COMMISSIONERS COURT TO SERVE ON THE EL PASO COUNTY ETHICS COMMISSION

EL PASO, TEXAS - The El Paso County Civil Service Commission is seeking qualified applicants to recommend to Commissioners Court to serve on the El Paso County Ethics Commission. The application process is now open and closes on Monday, March 1, 2021. All interested applicants should submit a board application and resume to the El Paso County Human Resources Department.

To be eligible for nomination to the commission per Sec. 161.056 of the Texas Local Government Code, a person must:
- be at least 18 years old;
- be a property taxpayer in the county;
- have resided in the county for the two years immediately preceding the date on which the person’s term will begin.

A person is not eligible for appointment to the commission if they are:
- an elected officer;
- a county employee;
- a county affiliate (defined as a person whose goods or services are purchased under a purchase order or contractual agreement with the county, and any other person doing business with the county as determined by the county);
- a person employed as a lobbyist;
- a person convicted of a misdemeanor involving moral turpitude or a felony;
- or delinquent in payment of local, state, or federal taxes.

The Ethics Commission was created by Commissioners Court in September 2009. The stability of democracy depends upon the continuing consent of the governed, which in turn depends upon the trust the electorate holds for its government.

The Ethics Commission of the County of El Paso, Texas, in concert with elected county officials, as well as leaders of the various county departments, recognizes the need to maintain the public trust and confidence in the workings of county government and thus adopted a Code of Ethics.

The Ethics Commission adopts, publishes, and enforces an ethics code governing county public servants. Each member of the commission is appointed for a term of two years and may serve more than one term.

The Commission usually meets once per quarter to review items that have been placed on the agenda. If any complaints or issues need to be addressed by the Commission between regular meetings, a special meeting will be held. With the exception of Executive Session, these meetings are always open to the public.

ONLINE application: http://www.epcounty.com/ethicscom/application.htm

Printable Application: EL_PASO_COUNTY_ETHICS_COMMISSION_PACKET.pdf (epcounty.com)

Printed application and resume may be submitted by email at [email protected] or fax at (915) 546-8126.

For additional information please call Claudia Murguia at 915-546-2215.

PURSUANT TO TEXAS GOVERNMENT CODE, SEC. 522.021. I ELECT THAT MY HOME ADDRESS & TELEPHONE NUMBER (CHECK ONE): MAY BE RELEASED / SHALL NOT BE RELEASED TO THE PUBLIC UPON REQUEST UNDER THE TEXAS OPEN RECORDS ACT. FAILURE TO MAKE A DESIGNATION RESULTS IN INFORMATION BEING AVAILABLE FOR PUBLIC ACCESS.

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02/10/2021

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02/10/2021

The Ascarate Park COVID testing site will temporarily close Saturday, February 13 and Sunday, February 14.

The testing site will resume operations on Monday, February 15 beginning at 9am and can be accessed through the Fonseca Drive entrance at the south end of the park. Testing is free and available to members of the community with or without COVID-19 symptoms.

WHAT: Ascarate Park COVID Testing Site Closure
WHEN: February 13 & 14
WHERE: Ascarate Park, 6900 Delta

#COVID19 #covidtesting #elpaso #epcounty #ElPasoStrong

02/10/2021
El Paso County Re-opens Ascarate’s Golf Course and Toll Booth El Paso, Texas – Effective 6:00 am, Friday, February 5, 20...
02/01/2021
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El Paso County Re-opens Ascarate’s Golf Course and Toll Booth

El Paso, Texas – Effective 6:00 am, Friday, February 5, 2021, Ascarate Park’s toll booth along with Ascarate Golf Course will re-open to the public. Commissioner’s Court voted unanimously on Monday, February 1 to re-open with the recent decline in COVID-19 hospitalization and positivity rate in El Paso County. County Parks remain closed except the use of walking paths that are adjacent to streets, parks, or within parks.

Beginning on Saturday, February 6, Ascarate Park’s toll booth will begin charging a gate fee of $2 cash per vehicle on Saturdays and Sundays.

Ascarate Park will continue to allow the use of walking/biking trails and fishing. However, the use of handball courts, basketball courts, tennis courts, and pools remain prohibited. Essential services continue to be offered via internet, email and by phone only.

Staff remains available to answer questions from the public and process these essential services via remote work assignments.

Questions on El Paso County Parks & Recreation can be answered by visiting www.epcountyparks.com/contactus

02/01/2021

FISH DROP ALERT! We will be receiving a Trout fish drop Wednesday, Feb. 3rd in the big lake at Ascarate Park. There will be NO FISHING WEDNESDAY until Thursday, Feb. 4th AFTER 3pm.

2020 Property Taxes are due and may be paid from today through Monday, February 1, 2021. The last day to pay 2020 Proper...
01/27/2021
County of El Paso Texas - Tax Office

2020 Property Taxes are due and may be paid from today through Monday, February 1, 2021.

The last day to pay 2020 Property Taxes at the County Tax Offices is February 1, 2021.
2020 Property Taxes paid after February 1, 2021 are considered delinquent and cannot be paid at the County Tax Office. Delinquent Payments must be paid to the City Tax Office and are subject to Delinquent Penalties and Interest.
We recommend payment well before February 1st to avoid Delinquent Penalties caused by unforeseen circumstances.
The County Tax Offices are open to accept Property Tax Payments Saturday Morning.
Visit the below County Tax Office locations to pay your 2020 property taxes from 8:30 am to 12:30 pm Saturday, January 30, 2021.
1. Ascarate Annex, 301 Manny Martinez
2. Eastside Annex, 2350 George Dieter, Ste. B
3. Northeast Annex, 4641 Cohen Ave., Ste. B
4. Ysleta Annex, 9521 Socorro Rd, Ste. B4

*Note: The Tax Office will not be able to process Motor Vehicle related work on Saturday, January 30.

Your cooperation, patience, and understanding are appreciated during these challenging times as we continue to do our best to provide access to services while still protecting our community.

Thank you,

Ruben P. Gonzalez, El Paso County Tax Assessor-Collector

For updates please visit our webpage at www.epcounty.com/taxoffice.

THE COUNTY TAX OFFICE WILL OPEN SATURDAY MORNING FROM 8:30AM -12:30PM, ON JANUARY 30TH TO ACCEPT THE 2020 PROPERTY TAX PAYMENTS ONLY!.

FREE COVID-19 Testing available throughout El Paso County.#epcounty #ElPasoStrong #ElPaso
01/22/2021

FREE COVID-19 Testing available throughout El Paso County.
#epcounty #ElPasoStrong #ElPaso

FREE COVID-19 Testing available throughout El Paso County.
#epcounty #ElPasoStrong #ElPaso

The County Tax Office will be open to accept Property Tax Payments on Saturday Mornings The County Tax Office will open ...
01/12/2021
County of El Paso Texas - Tax Office

The County Tax Office will be open to accept Property Tax Payments on Saturday Mornings

The County Tax Office will open Saturday Mornings from 8:30am -12:30pm, on January 16th, 23rd, and 30th to process the 2020 Property Tax Payments. Forms of Payment accepted are: Cash, Check, Money Order, or Cashier’s Check. Please bring your Property I.D. Account Number for quick reference.
Visit our offices located at:
1. Ascarate Annex, 301 Manny Martinez
2. Eastside Annex, 2350 George Dieter, Ste. B
3. Northeast Annex, 4641 Cohen Ave., Ste. B
4. Ysleta Annex, 9521 Socorro Rd, Ste. B4

*Note: The Tax Office will not be able to process Motor Vehicle related work on these dates.

Your cooperation, patience, and understanding are appreciated during these challenging times as we continue to do our best to provide access to services while still protecting our community.
Thank you,

Ruben P. Gonzalez, El Paso County Tax Assessor-Collector

For updates please visit our webpage at www.epcounty.com/taxoffice.

Tax Office 301 Manny Martinez Dr., 1st Floor El Paso, Texas 79905 [view map] Phone 915-771-2300 Fax 915-771-2301 [email protected]

Please join us in congratulating our El Paso County Employees who were promoted in the 2020 Fiscal Year. #epcounty #ElPa...
12/29/2020

Please join us in congratulating our El Paso County Employees who were promoted in the 2020 Fiscal Year. #epcounty #ElPasoCounty

TEMPORARY WAIVER OF VEHICLE TITLE & REGISTRATION REQUIREMENTS ENDS APRIL 14, 2021. El Paso Citizens have to complete ove...
12/22/2020
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TEMPORARY WAIVER OF VEHICLE TITLE & REGISTRATION REQUIREMENTS ENDS APRIL 14, 2021.

El Paso Citizens have to complete overdue transactions by April 14, 2021.
The temporary waiver of certain vehicle title and registration requirements, announced by Governor Greg Abbott on March 16, 2020, due to the COVID-19 pandemic, will end on April 14, 2021.
If you have not renewed your expired vehicle registration, make plans to renew by that date. It is not necessary to wait until the deadline.
Three ways to renew your vehicle registration:
1. In Person: Visit the office El Paso County Tax Assessor-Collector offices at Ascarate, Ysleta, Northeast, andEastside Annexes.
2 .Mail: Return the bottom portion of your registration renewal form, personal check, and other requiredinformation to your county tax assessor-collector.
3. Online: Visit www.TxDMV.gov/register [lnks.gd] or www.Texas.gov [lnks.gd]. Online renewal is availableup to nine months past your registration expiration date.
Reminder: Before renewing your registration, you will need to obtain a passing vehicle inspection at the state vehicle inspection station of your choice, unless your vehicle is exempt from inspection requirements.
The expiring temporary waiver covers the following services:
•Initial vehicle registration.
•Vehicle registration renewal.
•Vehicle titling.
•Renewal of permanent disabled parking placards.
•30-day temporary permits.

For more information, please contact the Tax Office at 771-2305 or email: [email protected]

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12/15/2020
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EL PASO COUNTY NEEDS ALL APPLICANTS WHO PREVIOUSLY APPLIED FOR THE EL PASO COUNTY HISTORICAL COMMISSION TO REAPPLY.

El Paso, TX – In September and October the El Paso County Commissioners Court asked for qualified applicants who wanted to serve on the El Paso County Historical Commission for a two-year term beginning January 1, 2021 to apply.

The County received more than two dozen applications. However, because of a software upgrade to the County’s computer system in November all of those applications were lost and cannot be retrieved.

At this time, the Commissioners Court is asking everyone who applied in September, October, November and early December to reapply.
Those interested should submit an application form and resume to the El Paso County Administration Department by no later than 5 p.m. on Friday, December 18, 2020.

To apply online click on the link below:
http://www.epcounty.com/boards/documents/Tailored%20-%20Historical%20Commission%20Application.pdf
Applications may also be emailed, mailed or sent via facsimile
Email applications to: [email protected]
Mail: County Administration Department, 500 E. San Antonio, Suite 302A, El Paso, Texas 79901
Fax: (915) 546-2217

BOARD MEETINGS:
• Meetings are generally held on the 2nd Tuesday of every month at 4 p.m.
• Members are asked to participate in at least two committees as part of their participation in Commission programming.

For questions related to the Historical Commission please contact Claudia Murguia at 915-546-2215.

Address

500 E San Antonio Ave, Rm 301
El Paso, TX
79901

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COUNTY-WIDE PRIORITIES �Public safety �Health and welfare �Community and individual development �Customer service �Justice �Transportation and infrastructure LONG TERM NON-FINANCIAL COUNTY-WIDE INITIATIVES �Maintain the necessary resources to address public safety within El Paso County. �Improve the quality of health care for the residents of El Paso County. �Improve quality of life activities for County residents. �Improve the way the County does business in the eyes of its constituents and its employees. �To ensure that County departments meet public needs effectively and efficiently. �To administer justice in accordance with the laws of the State of Texas.

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Monday 08:00 - 17:00
Tuesday 08:00 - 17:00
Wednesday 08:00 - 17:00
Thursday 08:00 - 17:00
Friday 08:00 - 17:00

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(915) 546-2000

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EL PASO, Texas -- As space at El Paso hospitals gets tighter, ABC-7 has learned patients infected with coronavirus are being sent to two local nursing homes: Mountain View Health and Rehabilitation and St. Giles Nursing and Rehabilitation. Those facilities have set up special Covid units while at the same time, dealing with outbreaks of their own. Sending infected patients to nursing homes for recovery is a practice once used in New York, but was reversed after critics say it contributed to a higher death toll within those facilities. In an internal memo obtained by ABC-7, an administrator from St. Giles notified employees that the facility “will be accepting COVID patients from the hospital,” which an employee said went into effect on July 7. Del Sol Medical Center is one of the local hospitals relying on these so-called “covid units” at nursing homes. “We work with the health department, we have an infection preventionist, myself, I work with Dr. Ocaranza and his team at the health department specifically to ask them, is there an outbreak,” said Dr. Ogechika Alozie, the Chief Medical Officer at Las Palmas Del Sol hospital. “If a facility has an outbreak, probably not the facility that we want to send people. You wouldn’t want your loved one there, I wouldn’t want my loved one there until that facility has its outbreak under control.” In a statement provided to ABC-7 by a spokeswoman for the Hospitals of Providence, the network of campuses confirmed they also speak with the city before using any facility, adding, “Throughout each day, we coordinate our actions and plans with other hospital systems, the public health department and our elected leaders.” However, the county judge brought up concerns about transparency within the city’s reporting of coronavirus cases. But Del Sol’s Dr. Alozie says they have to trust the data provided by the Department of Public Health. “I make an assumption that our partners at the health department are transparent with us the same way we’ve been transparent with them,” he said. ABC-7 obtained the information those facilities submitted to the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS). As of July 12, it shows 25 cases and 17 deaths at Mountain View, and 70 cases and 12 deaths at St. Giles. But a St. Giles employee who asked to remain anonymous for fear of retaliation tells ABC-7 as of last week, there have been at least 16 deaths there. A public relations firm hired to represent Creative Solutions in Healthcare would not provide ABC-7 with current numbers on those outbreaks, citing the federal privacy law HIPAA. ABC-7 asked Dr. Hector Ocaranza, the city and county health authority, if the number of deaths or cases is being communicated to the hospitals. “It’s up to that nursing home to communicate that kind of information,” Ocaranza said in an online video interview for this story. When ABC-7 asked if families were being notified of these outbreaks before their loved one is transferred to a facility like Mountain View or St. Giles, Dr. Ocaranza said that communication is up to hospital employees. “They have their case managers, social workers that are in communication with family members when a transfer is going to be done,” he said. “They always keep that communication so family members know what’s the plan for that particular patient.” Dr. Ocaranza said the Department of Public Health has always been concerned with at-risk groups, like those living in nursing homes, but didn’t comment on the concern directly related to the use of “Covid units.” “That is why we deplore our education taskforce to those places, that’s why we started planning ahead of time because we need to be preventive and we need to be proactive,” he added. Both facilities, Mountain View and St. Giles, as well as three others in the El Paso area, are owned by Creative Solutions in Healthcare. The Fort Worth-based company confirmed the policy outlined in the internal memo and provided ABC-7 with the following statement: “Of the Creative Solutions in Healthcare facilities in El Paso, Mountain View Health and Rehabilitation Center and St. Giles Nursing and Rehabilitation Center are designated as cohort facilities that serve the area by accepting and treating COVID-19 positive patients. As such, these facilities are the only options in the El Paso area for referring hospitals or any facility with a COVID-positive patient requiring a skilled-nursing level of care. As previously stated, due to privacy laws and our responsibility to meet the expectations of those we serve, we must defer to local, state and federal authorities for the distribution of specific information regarding the numbers of COVID-19 cases at these facilities. "While the majority of our COVID-19 positive patients recover and are released from our care, due to the current community surge in COVID-19 cases, we continue to receive referrals from other nursing facilities and hospitals across El Paso County. All patients admitted to either Mountain View or St. Giles and their families receive full disclosure of the facilities' cohort status and its protocols for managing infection control. Please see the attached document for an overview of these protocols. "We are grateful for the trust of our patients and their families and as always, it is their health and well being that is our utmost priority. We are also deeply grateful for the ongoing commitment of our dedicated staff which continues to serve the needs of our community around the clock while balancing the ever present needs of their own in these challenging and unprecedented times.”