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Commissioners discuss budget changes for 2013-14
Ralph Gerhardt listens as the Wilson County commissioners discuss changes to the 2013-14 budget Sept. 16.
Despite the fact that the posted agenda listed only a second hearing on the proposed county tax rate, this did not deter the Wilson County commissioners from discussion Sept. 16 of the Wilson County 2013-14 fiscal year budget, adopted Aug. 26.
Although the agenda directly referenced only a second public hearing on the proposed tax rate, the main discussion consisted of changes to the adopted budget. Texas Government Code 551.041 states discussions should only be concerned with the subjects of the posted meeting.
With only one citizen, Ralph Gerhardt, in attendance, County Auditor Verna Gorzell presented four possible budget alterations. No one addressed the tax rate, however.
The commissioners discussed an increase from $90,000 to $94,300 for the juvenile probation department, for a reason that was not specified by Gorzell. The attorneys’ fees were reduced to compensate, and did not alter the bottom line, she said.
District attorney costs, which are shared by five counties, including Wilson and Atascosa, also were discussed. Atascosa County awarded each of its employees a $3,600 raise. This was mirrored by the district attorney’s office, and could increase Wilson County’s share of the district court costs by $25,000, Gorzell said.
After a recent meeting with Frank Pruski, Gorzell said during the public hearing that the county’s insurance would increase by $8,000 for professional liability coverage.
The commissioners also discussed an approved cost-of-living increase of 2 percent toward county employee retirement benefits, which will alter the budget. Gorzell estimates that the increase will cost the county $11,000 per year.
In attendance: Wilson County Judge Marvin Quinney; commissioners Albert Gamez Jr., Paul Pfeil, Larry Wiley, and Ricky Morales; County Auditor Verna Gorzell; Sheriff Joe D. Tackitt Jr.; and County Clerk Eva Martinez.
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