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Section A: General News


Commissioners talk salary hikes, adjustments for employees




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August 6, 2014 | 5,340 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.

Tax rate

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.



 

Your Opinions and Comments

 
LarryJohn  
La Vernia  
August 12, 2014 7:44pm
 
Count me in. If I had the time, I would set one up. But I could help. LarryJohn La Vernia

 
Franklin  
Floresville  
August 12, 2014 3:55pm
 
Is anyone interested in a forum?

 
Franklin  
Floresville  
August 10, 2014 12:21pm
 
That's a good idea Larry. I'll deff look into it, I was looking around and I think there's one for Disqus too.

 
LarryJohn  
La Vernia  
August 8, 2014 9:53pm
 
Franklin: A Google Groups mailing list would be just the answer. These groups are easy to setup and maintain. I run two for two of my aviation groups. A-1 Skyraiders and the Stinsons Flight of the Daedalinas. If some one ... More ›

 
Franklin  
Floresville  
August 8, 2014 2:30pm
 
Grouch..I wish we had a user forum. Would be nice to be able to comment on various things off topic from the stories WCN has. Be able to share info and otherwise be more laid back on a more personal basis... Hint Hint Webmaster......

 
PRAIRIE GROUCH  
GRAND PRAIRIE TX  
August 8, 2014 11:00am
 
Franklin ... I live in your old neighborhood. You might be interested in knowing the RSAF (Royal Singapore Air Force) has a helicopter detachment stationed in Grand Prairie. They occupy the land adjacent to the slough from ... More ›

 
Franklin  
Floresville  
August 8, 2014 10:21am
 
Ha ha ha..Very true Grouch.. Btw, I miss seeing the Air Show from NAS Dallas. Always loved watching the Blue Angels over there. I lived over off Hardy Rd on Mountain Creek Lake,before that city of dallas guy sold off the park ... More ›

 
PRAIRIE GROUCH  
GRAND PRAIRIE TX  
August 8, 2014 9:17am
 
Yep, With a cell phone in one hand, a beer or soft drink in the other, a cigarette in the mouth driving home in a ego boosting car to watch cable TV, it's really tough to live off $25000.00. Poor pitiful Pearl. In the ... More ›

 
Franklin  
Floresville  
August 8, 2014 8:03am
 
I agree,if you accept a job and it has a salary,then that what you've got. That being said, $25000 a year isn't possible to live off of with a family. If it not possible to live off that, then , you get better educated, dont ... More ›

 
7th Generation La Vernian  
La Vernia  
August 8, 2014 7:56am
 
Bear: Life is full of choices. As a tax payer, every penny counts especially when local government agencies waste it.

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