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City of Stanton  
P O Box 370***102 West School Street  
Stanton, TX  79782-0370 
Phone: 432-756-3301***Fax: 432-756-2083


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Our offices are open from 8:00 a.m. to Noon and 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. every Monday through Friday.  The offices are closed on most holidays.  For after-hour calls or emergencies, call the Martin County Sheriff Office (432-756-3336) to get in touch with the City personnel who are on-call.  Our mailing address is City of Stanton, P O Box 370, Stanton TX  79782-0370.

City sales tax rate is 8%.  County rate is 6.25%.  If you need further information on tax rates go to:

Holiday are: New Years Day, Martin Luther King Day, Presidents Day, Good Friday, Memorial Day, Independence Day, Labor Day, Veterans Day, Thanksgiving (day of and the day after), Christmas Eve, Christmas Day and the day after.


MARTIN LUTHER KING DAY-- MONDAY, JANUARY 18                                                         PRESIDENTS DAY-- MONDAY, FEBRUARY 15 

GOOD FRIDAY-- FRIDAY, MARCH 25                                                                                      MEMORIAL DAY --MONDAY, MAY 30

INDEPENDENCE DAY-- MONDAY, JULY 4                                                                               LABOR DAY-- MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 5 

VETERAN’S DAY-- FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 11                                                                            THANKSGIVING-- THURSDAY & FRIDAY 
                                                                                                                                                     NOVEMBER 24 & 25 

CHRISTMAS-- FRIDAY 23 & MONDAY 26                                                                                NEW YEAR’S 2017** MONDAY JANUARY 2   

The City also observes early release/late start/school closure for bad weather days.


Should you desire to solicit in the City of Stanton, you must contact the Chief of Police to obtain a solicitior permit.  The fees vary and there is a waiting period in order for the Chief of Police to run a background check on all applicants.


The City of Stanton flood elevation is 2670.5 ft.

Jim Smith is the current Mayor and the City Manager is Michael Adams.  Patsy Simer is the Financial Director. 



 If you see a Street LIght out, go to this web site and report it.  Easy as pie!




"The tax rate will raise more taxes for maintenance and operations than last year's tax rate.  The tax rate will effectively

be raised by 9% and will raise taxes for maintenance and operations on a $100,000 home by approximately $103.00." 

(Tax Code 26.05 (b) (1)

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In 1881 the Texas & Pacific Railroad laid tracks from Fort Worth to Sierra Blanca, following a route suggested by Capt. Randolph B. March of the U.S. Army.  He and a party of soldiers scouted this area in 1849.  The route was later surveyed by Capt. John Pope, a topographical engineer, in 1854.

Section houses were built every 10 miles along the route; the one here was called Grelton.  A large well was dug and a big cypress tank erected.  A pump station was near by.  This was where the engines took on water for many, many years.

Until the railroad came, there was no civilization on these plains above the Cap Rock, except for the Indians who used it as their camping ground enroute to and from Mexico and settlements to the east.  There were many springs along the Cap Rock, and Mustang Springs, to the west, was a spring-fed lake.  This was the Indians' main camping site.  Capt. Pope recorded that he saw many Indians and horses there as he passed through the area.

On August 15, 1881, four German Catholic priests and one layman of the Carmelite Order arrived at the Grelton section house to establish the first settlement here.  They brought basic farming tools, a mule team and wagon and  seeds to plant.  They pitched two tents where the courthouse is today, one to live in and the other for worship.  This was the beginning of a mission and monastery and a working community of German families under the guidance of Father Anastasio Peters.  A town was surveyed and built, and the name was changed to Marienfeld, which means "Field of Mary."  Only a few years before Indians and buffalo had roamed these plains, and there was still antelope and other wild game.

From 1884 to 1886 the county was organized, officers were elected and a courthouse was built.  Many people came and large ranches were established.  Other towns sprang up along the railroad.  The land was fertile and tthe grass was tall and all prospered--farmers, ranchers, merchants and the railroad.  But in 1886-87 a drought almost wiped out the inhabitants of the area.  The first families of the Catholic settlement and a few others hung on.  By 1888 the rains had come and prosperity was on the way again.

By 1890 the town and county had become more Protestant than Catholic and  the name of the town was changed to Stanton.  The name was chosed by the school children, in honor of Edwin M. Stanton who had been Secretary of War under President Lincoln.

In 1894 the Sisters of Mercy established a convent and boarding school in the old monastery (which had been closed a few years earlier).  The Carmelite priests sold their property to the nuns, who built more buildings and named the school Our Lady of Mercy Academy.  The school grew from an enrollment of 16 students to 150 at its peak, and it operated successfully for 44 years.  A tornado destroyed some of the buildings in 1938, and the school never reopened.  In 1987, Martin County Convent, Inc. was formed for the preservation of the convent and surrounding historic area.

The railroad is a big part of the history of Stanton and Martin County.  This was one of the big cattle shipping stations along the line.  Large stock pens held cattle for shipping and thousands and thousands of head were shipped north from this point.

Martin County has had its share of good years and bad years.  It is primarily an agricultural county, but still has many ranches and shares in the oil production of the Permian Basin.  To learn about the past, visit the Martin County Historical Museum when you come to Stanton for a visit.



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The Water Department is opened from 8:00 a.m. to Noon and 1:00 to 5:00 p.m. If you should have an emergency during weekends or after hours, call the Martin County Sheriffs Department at 432.756.3336 and ask for the City employee that is on call. The water clerk is Lois Jenkins.

Water Rates

In City Residential/Commercial Rate
Base - (minimum billing 3,000 gallons) $35.67
Per 1,000 gallons over 3,000 gallons and under 14,999


  Over 14,999 gallons   4.79
Out of City
Base - (minimum billing 3,000 gallons) $71.34
Per 1,000 gallons over 3,000 gallons 8.20
  Over 14,999 gallon 9.58
Raw Water
Base - (minimum billing 3,000 gallons) $34.85

Sewer Rates

In City
Residential $26.77
Commercial 27.00
   0--10,000 Gals. of water usage 27.00
   Each 1,000 gals. over minimum 1.50
Out of City
Residential $53.54
Commercial 54.00
   0--10,000 Gals. of water usage 54.00
  Each 1,000 Gals. over minimum 3.00


Service Charges & Fees** (These fees are doubled outside City Limits)


3/4" to 5/8" Water Taps $450.00
1" Water Taps 550.00
1 1/2" Water Taps 800.00
2" or Greater Water Taps

Quoted on request

Pavement Cuts 200.00 minimum
Sewer Tap Permits 600.00
Late Charges (Water, Sewer & Garbage) 20%
After Hours Service Call 100.00
Reconnect Fee 50.00
Deposits In City 200.00 +
Commercial Deposits 200.00 +
Return Check Fee 25.00
Tax Rate (Maintenance & Operation) 1.17%
*Hotel/Motel deposits are a minimum of $2,000.00 for services.

* Nursing Home deposits are a minimum of $2,000.00 for services.


**Fees are subject to change due to fluctuation in material cost..


Sanitary Landfill

Persons who reside in the City of Stanton and Martin County will not be charged a landfill fee for the disposal of any item connected with the cleanup and maintenance of a residence or grounds.


Sanitation Rates

In City
Residential $18.11 + tax = 19.56
Commercial $50.22 + tax = 54.24
Extra Dumpster 24.96
Extra Pick-up 19.96
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