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Section A: General News


County holds first FY ’14 budget workshop




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Wilson County News
June 12, 2013 | 2,695 views | 26 comments

Tech upgrades, pay raises top wish list

While Wilson County Auditor Verna Gorzell said that preliminary tax-roll figures from the Wilson County Appraisal District will not be available until July, departments within the county government already are making known their budget requests for the 2014 fiscal year. The Wilson County Commissioners Court held a workshop June 3 ahead of drafting the new budget.

Technology upgrades led the discussion, as Gorzell said the commissioners would need to consider the installation of a fiber-optic cable between the Wilson County Courthouse and the Wilson County Courthouse Annex III campus, which could cost approximately $17,000. A cable also would need to be installed to connect those buildings to the Wilson County Sheriff’s Office and the Wilson County Courthouse Annex II -- which houses the county’s emergency management office and Health and Public Safety offices -- at an estimated cost of up to $50,000.

In light of this, and mandates that court records be placed online, Gorzell said it might be prudent for the county to create its own information technology department, instead of continuing to hire outside firms to perform repairs and maintenance. She said the county budgets approximately $100,000 per year for information technology. The auditor said that if the county were to hire two employees to perform those tasks, it could cost a total of approximately $150,000 per year for salaries and equipment.

Gorzell briefly mentioned a topic on the minds of most American workers -- health insurance. She said preliminary estimates are that this cost, which is more than $1.5 million in the fiscal year 2013 budget, could increase by at least 15 percent.

Department heads also made the following requests for budgetary increases to fund:

•District clerk’s office: Equipment and conference expenses

•Justices of the peace: Technology fund, employee salaries. Precinct 2 also asked for increased funds to adjudicate truancy cases.

•Auditor’s office: Temporary help

•County attorney: Creation of an assistant county attorney to handle civil transactional matters, creation of a victim assistant, computer replacement, and conference costs.

•Treasurer’s office: Changing one employee from part-time to full-time and more money for salaries, conference expenses, dues, and office supplies.

•Criminal Justice Center: $500 per month across-the-board pay raise for all employees -- approximately 73 -- which, including insurance, retirement, and Social Security, could cost an additional estimated $508,000 per year. More funds were requested for vehicle maintenance, forensic science expenses, and uniforms.

•Constable Pct. 1: A $400 increase in the expense account, which would bring the annual total to $10,000, and a clerk to work 20 hours per week.

•Emergency management: A new computer, promotion of one worker from part-time to full-time, and increased funds for licenses. The office also is requesting a new computer server and an expanded parking lot to address overflow related to district court traffic.

•Health and public safety: An additional employee. This office also is considering increasing septic permit fees and a fee schedule for commercial fire inspections.

•Library: Promote some of its part-time workers to full time, and increases to the budgets for books and office equipment.

•Extension service: A $3,000 pay raise for an office worker, increased funds for vehicle maintenance, and replacement of an aging pickup truck with a newer sport-utility vehicle.

•County clerk: Salary increase, additional computers and more space for those units, and a larger public-notice board.

•Elections: Salary increases for employees, and for election judges and clerks, and the creation of a board for overseeing ballot machines.

In attendance: Wilson County Judge Marvin Quinney and commissioners Albert Gamez Jr., Paul Pfeil, Ricky Morales, and Larry Wiley; County Clerk Eva Martinez, Sheriff Joe D. Tackitt Jr., County Attorney Daynah Fallwell, County Auditor Verna Gorzell, Treasurer Jan Hartl, Assistant County Auditor Kristin Labus, Pct. 4 Justice of the Peace Richard “Dickie” Jackson, Pct. 2 Justice of the Peace Sara Canady, Coordinator Edwin Baker of the Wilson County Health and Public Safety Office, Emergency Management Coordinator LeAnn Hosek, Bryan Davis of the Texas AgriLife Extension Service; and Floresville City Manager Andy Joslin.

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BSP  
Floresville  
June 26, 2013 1:22pm
 
Exactly my concern Eric.

 
Senior Citizen  
Wilson County  
June 26, 2013 12:59pm
 
County: "If we build it, they will come!" ... shades of Floresville.

 
Eric  
Floresville  
June 26, 2013 12:20pm
 
Tyra irregardless of who they hire. The problem is the county is trying to do something they dont need to do and they either have absolutely no idea or dont care what it actually entails or costs. They are just going to ram it ... More ›

 
Tyra  
FloTown  
June 26, 2013 11:04am
 
No matter how "great" this person is, why would he hold down two full-time jobs? Can he provide 40 hours a week at both locations and be at two places at once? God fearing, hard working, honest, or not-he would have ... More ›

 
Senior Citizen  
Wilson County  
June 25, 2013 11:02pm
 
LIKE what Eric said. Holcombe is a good man and well-qualified,but county is not going about this the right way. It's not Holcombe's fault.

 
Eric  
Floresville  
June 25, 2013 9:00pm
 
John Holcombe is a god fearing, hard working honest family man who is extremely talented when it comes to technology. I have no doubt whatsoever about him or his abilities. I do however believe our politicians are going about ... More ›

 
Howard C Berger  
Floresville, TX  
June 25, 2013 4:57pm
 
If the Judge was speaking of John Holcombe, (and I assume he was) he would be a wonderful choice. He is excellent and we would be very lucky to have someone of his caliber.

 
Enough is Enough  
La Vernia  
June 25, 2013 4:45pm
 
Holcombe (couldn't hear a first name, but caught the last name) is who the Judge had mentioned at the meeting. He is an employee with FISD.

 
The Marcelina Muse  
Dry Tank, TX  
June 25, 2013 10:45am
 
I am sincerely hoping your post was on the wrong thread 4th. Otherwise you need some serious help. A slight bit off the subject being discussed. Or do you mean Obama should run for County Judge?

 
4 th Generation Texan  
Sutherland Springs  
June 25, 2013 9:57am
 
Snowden is minor traitor, the real big traitor is Obama...despise this spirit and Constitutional killing thug.

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