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Commissioners talk salary hikes, adjustments for employees
Wilson County NewsAugust 6, 2014 | 4,818 views | 31 comments
Citing the need to attract and retain qualified workers as the pull increases from neighboring counties and South Texas’ booming energy industry, Wilson County leaders are considering “cost-of-living” salary increases of 5 percent across-the-board for the 2015 fiscal year that begins Oct. 1.
During the Wilson County Commissioners Court’s July 31 budget workshop, County Auditor Tom Dupnick also discussed adjustments for select Wilson County employees, aimed at bringing them closer to their counterparts in neighboring counties. Adjustments include:
•$2,000 pay increase for a clerk in the Wilson County Precinct 1 Justice of the Peace office
•$5,922.34 to bring the annual salaries of clerks in the Wilson County Attorney’s office to $25,000
•Up to $200 to increase the pay of a part-time elections clerk to $10 per hour
•$3,736.84 to raise an elections department employee’s hourly pay from $13.13 to $15.62
•$4,000 to increase election judges’ pay from $8 per hour to $9 per hour
•$113,692.27 to add $250 per month to the salaries of jailers and dispatchers in the Wilson County Criminal Justice Center
•$153,704.52 to add $500 per month to the salaries of deputies, investigators, and the chief deputy of the Wilson County Sheriff’s Office
•Add $1,000 to the annual salary of the clerk in the Wilson County Emergency Management Agency
•$17,074.02 to move the county’s septic-system inspector from part-time to full-time status, which will include a $25,000-per-year salary
•$5,428.78 to increase the assistant librarian’s annual pay to $25,000
•$2,100 to increase the hourly pay for four part-time library employees to $9.
Dupnick cited the examples of two comparable counties -- Atascosa and Medina -- where he said workers are paid considerably more than their Wilson County counterparts. For instance, in Atascosa County, the starting pay for a sheriff’s deputy is $40,944 per year while Medina County starts its deputies at an annual salary of $33,718. Deputies in Wilson County start at $33,000 per year, he said.
Also during the meeting, the commissioners briefly discussed the proposed ad valorem tax rate for the upcoming fiscal year, which likely will total 47.38 cents per $100 of taxable property value. The rate includes 44.32 cents for maintenance and operations, with the remaining 3.06 cents being allocated for debt service.
Dupnick said the debt includes heavy-equipment leases and the $8.5 million in certificates of obligation voters approved in 2013. With regard to the latter, the county will make a principal and interest payment of $455,512.22 in February and an interest-only payment of $137,425 next August.
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