A year ago, the city of Buda and Hays County formed a partnership that Sheriff Allen Bridges hopes sets a standard for other fast-growing Texas counties, especially in urbanizing regions.
The Buda patrol division of the sheriff’s office recalls the model started in Los Angeles county in the 1960s in which municipalities make payments to the sheriff’s office for a semi-autonomous police force.
“It really has worked better than I even envisioned. We really haven’t had any bumps in the road,” said Capt. Bo Kidd, the Buda patrol division chief.
On Tuesday, the county commissioners court renewed the arrangement for a year with a $424,478, up about 15 percent from last year. Kidd said most of the increase is due to gasoline costs, for which last year’s budget anticipated $2.60 per gallon. Buda’s payments amount to $35,573 a month, up from $31,000 a month.
Under the agreement, Buda will pay $74,899 to pay and equip each of four deputies, who each draw a $41,627 salary with $2,000 budgeted overtime pay, according to county auditor Bill Herzog’s cost analysis. Paying and equipping the division chief costs $114,612, of which $76,645 is salary.
Buda council members unanimously approved the new contract at their Tuesday meeting following the 4-0 commissioners court vote that morning.
— BRAD ROLLINS