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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 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:


The City of Stanton uses International Building Code 2009.


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--  JANUARY 21                                                                         PRESIDENTS DAY--  FEBRUARY 18 

GOOD FRIDAY-- APRIL 19                                                                                                       MEMORIAL DAY -- MAY 27

INDEPENDENCE DAY--  JULY 4                                                                                              LABOR DAY-- SEPTEMBER 4 

VETERAN’S DAY--  NOVEMBER 11                                                                                        THANKSGIVING-- NOVEMBER 27 & 28 

CHRISTMAS--  DECEMBER 24/25                                                                                         NEW YEAR’S 2020-- JANUARY 1  

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 solicitor 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.



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



Map to City Hall


 History of Stanton, Texas Minimize

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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 Mandatory Local Debt Reporting Minimize


1. Amount of all authorized debt obligations:
2016 Series Bond--$812,000.00
2. Principal of all outstanding debt obligations:
3. Principal of each outstanding debt obligation:
2016 Series Bond--$476,000.00

4. Combined principal and interest required to pay each outstanding debt obligation on time and in full:
5. Amounts required by Nos. 1-5 limited to authorized and outstanding debts obligations secured by property taxes, expressed as a total amount and per captia amount:
6: The following for each debt obligation:  (a) the issued and un-issued amount; (b) the spent and unspent amount; (c) the maturity date; and (d) the stated purpose for which the debt obligation was authorized:
7: The current credit rating given by a nationally recognized credit rating organization to debt obligations for the political subdivision:
The City’s outstanding bonds do not carry a credit rating.
8: Any other information that the political subdivision considers relevant or necessary to explain the values.

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