Friday, February 12, 2016
1012 C Street  •  Floresville, TX 78114  •  Phone: 830-216-4519  •  Fax: 830-393-3219  • 

WCN Site Search


Preview the Paper Preview the Paper

Preview this week's Paper
A limited number of pages are displayed in this preview.
Preview this Week’s Issue ›
Subscribe Today ›

Lost & Found

Lost: Female German Shepherd, about 2 years old, pink collar, lost from Hickory Hill/Great Oaks Subdivisions off FM 539, La Vernia, on Thurs., Feb. 4. Reward! 830-947-3465.

VideoMissing: Male Boxer, since evening of Jan. 4, Hwy. 97 West, rear of Promised Land Creamery, $500 REWARD. Call 830-391-2240 with information.
Found: Basset Hound, Hwy. 97 W./Hospital Blvd., Floresville. Call 830-391-2153 between 9 a.m.-11:30 p.m.
More Lost & Found ads ›

Help Wanted

Seeking individual to work in a local child-care center, paid holidays, etc., must be high school grad or GED. Apply in person at Cubs Country Childcare, 212 FM 1346 in La Vernia.
Senior Accounting Specialist needed in Whitsett, TX, must pass background and drug test, Quickbooks accounting experience necessary, pay based on experience, company benefits. Email resumes to teika@oscenergy.com.
More Help Wanted ads ›

Featured Videos





Video Vault ›
TNMCRE/MAX homeRichardson Chevrolet home
You’ve been granted free access to this subscribers only article.

Section A: General News


Commissioners talk salary hikes, adjustments for employees




E-Mail this Story to a Friend
Print this Story

Wilson County News
August 6, 2014 | 5,252 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.

Share your comment or opinion on this story!


You must be logged in to post a comment.




Not a subscriber?
Subscriber, but no password?
Forgot password?

Section A: General News Archives


Full article available to Wilson County News subscribers only. Click here to subscribe. Agencies nab 7 in human-trafficking sting (February 10, 2016)
Full article available to Wilson County News subscribers only. Click here to subscribe. Apply now for Miss La Vernia Pageant (February 10, 2016)
Full article available to Wilson County News subscribers only. Click here to subscribe. Behind the lens: Hitting the trail (February 10, 2016)
Full article available to Wilson County News subscribers only. Click here to subscribe. BPA students advance to state (February 10, 2016)
Full article available to Wilson County News subscribers only. Click here to subscribe. Bud Box ends two-decade career at alternative school (February 10, 2016)
Full article available to Wilson County News subscribers only. Click here to subscribe. Chamber to hold monthly luncheon (February 10, 2016)
Full article available to Wilson County News subscribers only. Click here to subscribe. China Grove mayor, police chief clash (February 10, 2016)
Full article available to Wilson County News subscribers only. Click here to subscribe. Commissioners amend Kicaster-area fire coverage plan (February 10, 2016)
Full article available to Wilson County News subscribers only. Click here to subscribe. Court Update (February 10, 2016)
Full article available to Wilson County News subscribers only. Click here to subscribe. Dating and the budget (February 10, 2016)
Full article available to Wilson County News subscribers only. Click here to subscribe. Donate blood to save lives (February 10, 2016)
Full article available to Wilson County News subscribers only. Click here to subscribe. Editorial: It’s about ‘We the People’ … what will ‘we’ do? (February 10, 2016)
Full article available to Wilson County News subscribers only. Click here to subscribe. Editorial: National election: Iowa down, New Hampshire to go (February 10, 2016)
Full article available to Wilson County News subscribers only. Click here to subscribe. Firefighters plan Pancake Breakfast (February 10, 2016)
Full article available to Wilson County News subscribers only. Click here to subscribe. Floresville mayor to councilman: Sit down or else (February 10, 2016)
Full article available to Wilson County News subscribers only. Click here to subscribe. Floresville park’s erosion problems prompt action (February 10, 2016)
Full article available to Wilson County News subscribers only. Click here to subscribe. Free heart health screenings (February 10, 2016)
Full article available to Wilson County News subscribers only. Click here to subscribe. H-E-B ice cream recall (February 10, 2016)
Full article available to Wilson County News subscribers only. Click here to subscribe. La Vernia trustees consider $33.2M bond, approve new finance chief (February 10, 2016)
Full article available to Wilson County News subscribers only. Click here to subscribe. Lean meat still part of a heart-healthy diet (February 10, 2016)
Full article available to Wilson County News subscribers only. Click here to subscribe. Letter: House fire victim extends gratitude (February 10, 2016)
Full article available to Wilson County News subscribers only. Click here to subscribe. Letter: Pastors should keep out of politics, stay in church (February 10, 2016)
Full article available to Wilson County News subscribers only. Click here to subscribe. Letter: Unruly government needs discipline (February 10, 2016)
Full article available to Wilson County News subscribers only. Click here to subscribe. Letter: Writer says it’s okay to ignore the charter (February 10, 2016)
Full article available to Wilson County News subscribers only. Click here to subscribe. Meeting Watch: Evergreen Underground Water Conservation District (February 10, 2016)
Full article available to Wilson County News subscribers only. Click here to subscribe. Meeting Watch: Floresville Planning & Zoning Commission (February 10, 2016)
Full article available to Wilson County News subscribers only. Click here to subscribe. Meeting Watch: St. Hedwig City Council (February 10, 2016)
Full article available to Wilson County News subscribers only. Click here to subscribe. Oil, gas leasing workshop Feb. 22 (February 10, 2016)
Full article available to Wilson County News subscribers only. Click here to subscribe. One-stop tax shop? (February 10, 2016)
Full article available to Wilson County News subscribers only. Click here to subscribe. Petition supporters plan protest rally (February 10, 2016)
Full article available to Wilson County News subscribers only. Click here to subscribe. Police Blotter (February 10, 2016)
Full article available to Wilson County News subscribers only. Click here to subscribe. Presidents’ Day office closures (February 10, 2016)
Full article available to Wilson County News subscribers only. Click here to subscribe. Register for Great American Cleanup (February 10, 2016)
Full article available to Wilson County News subscribers only. Click here to subscribe. Save the date for ‘Hope in High Cotton’ (February 10, 2016)
Full article available to Wilson County News subscribers only. Click here to subscribe. Should Christians support sanctuary for illegal aliens? (February 10, 2016)
Full article available to Wilson County News subscribers only. Click here to subscribe. Stockdale supports apartment venture (February 10, 2016)
Full article available to Wilson County News subscribers only. Click here to subscribe. Things are looking up in downtown Stockdale (February 10, 2016)
Full article available to Wilson County News subscribers only. Click here to subscribe. ‘Official oppression’ or ‘criminal trespass’? (February 10, 2016)
Full article available to Wilson County News subscribers only. Click here to subscribe. Agencies uncover $400K in stolen vehicles, parts (February 3, 2016)
Full article available to Wilson County News subscribers only. Click here to subscribe. China Grove begins vote on tax rollback (February 3, 2016)
Full article available to Wilson County News subscribers only. Click here to subscribe. Clock running out for Floresville recall issue (February 3, 2016)
Full article available to Wilson County News subscribers only. Click here to subscribe. Connally expands high-tech health care (February 3, 2016)
Full article available to Wilson County News subscribers only. Click here to subscribe. Council action changes boards (February 3, 2016)
Full article available to Wilson County News subscribers only. Click here to subscribe. Court Update (February 3, 2016)
Full article available to Wilson County News subscribers only. Click here to subscribe. Deputies charge Floresville spurned lover with arson (February 3, 2016)
Full article available to Wilson County News subscribers only. Click here to subscribe. Deputies investigate recent thefts (February 3, 2016)
Full article available to Wilson County News subscribers only. Click here to subscribe. Editorial: The demand for villains (February 3, 2016)
Full article available to Wilson County News subscribers only. Click here to subscribe. Editorial: What’s in a city charter? Is it like a … Constitution? (February 3, 2016)
Full article available to Wilson County News subscribers only. Click here to subscribe. Eight-liner opponents face deadline (February 3, 2016)
Full article available to Wilson County News subscribers only. Click here to subscribe. FELPS pools tornado damage claim with city, Floresville ISD (February 3, 2016)
Full article available to Wilson County News subscribers only. Click here to subscribe. Floresville USDA accountant resigns (February 3, 2016)
Full article available to Wilson County News subscribers only. Click here to subscribe. Free CERT disaster course (February 3, 2016)
Full article available to Wilson County News subscribers only. Click here to subscribe. Get a free heart health screening in Kenedy Feb. 12 (February 3, 2016)
Full article available to Wilson County News subscribers only. Click here to subscribe. Greater LV Chamber to meet (February 3, 2016)
Full article available to Wilson County News subscribers only. Click here to subscribe. H-E-B recalls cookware (February 3, 2016)
Full article available to Wilson County News subscribers only. Click here to subscribe. Hold on for now (February 3, 2016)
Full article available to Wilson County News subscribers only. Click here to subscribe. It’s all happening at Nixon-Smiley Elementary (February 3, 2016)
Full article available to Wilson County News subscribers only. Click here to subscribe. Kicaster area will have fire coverage (February 3, 2016)
Full article available to Wilson County News subscribers only. Click here to subscribe. Landfill welcomes China Grove junk (February 3, 2016)
Full article available to Wilson County News subscribers only. Click here to subscribe. Letter: Apple Pie author extends thanks (February 3, 2016)
Full article available to Wilson County News subscribers only. Click here to subscribe. Letter: Gonzales differs with writer’s conclusion (February 3, 2016)
Full article available to Wilson County News subscribers only. Click here to subscribe. Letter: Talamantez truly a man of the people (February 3, 2016)
Full article available to Wilson County News subscribers only. Click here to subscribe. Life Line Screening event set in Floresville Feb. 28 (February 3, 2016)
Full article available to Wilson County News subscribers only. Click here to subscribe. Mock Republican Debate Feb. 20 (February 3, 2016)
Full article available to Wilson County News subscribers only. Click here to subscribe. Nixon-Smiley livestock show set for March (February 3, 2016)
Full article available to Wilson County News subscribers only. Click here to subscribe. One dead in game-room robbery (February 3, 2016)
Full article available to Wilson County News subscribers only. Click here to subscribe. Pioneer Award honors Burnside (February 3, 2016)
Full article available to Wilson County News subscribers only. Click here to subscribe. Pirates Cove in Poth offers after-school care service (February 3, 2016)
Full article available to Wilson County News subscribers only. Click here to subscribe. Police Blotter (February 3, 2016)
Full article available to Wilson County News subscribers only. Click here to subscribe. Save the date for Lincoln Dinner (February 3, 2016)
Full article available to Wilson County News subscribers only. Click here to subscribe. School district cops ink deal with city, county (February 3, 2016)
Full article available to Wilson County News subscribers only. Click here to subscribe. Second responders to meet (February 3, 2016)
Full article available to Wilson County News subscribers only. Click here to subscribe. Stockdale, La Vernia units respond to back-to-back fires (February 3, 2016)
Full article available to Wilson County News subscribers only. Click here to subscribe. Tanneberger is top agent (February 3, 2016)
Full article available to Wilson County News subscribers only. Click here to subscribe. Weigh in on Loop 410 changes (February 3, 2016)
Full article available to Wilson County News subscribers only. Click here to subscribe. Wilson County Hermann Sons lodges meet new-member goal (February 3, 2016)
Full article available to Wilson County News subscribers only. Click here to subscribe. ‘Loving’ heart-shaped treats are for the birds (February 3, 2016)