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January 8th, 2009
Three commissioners receive pay raises

STAFF REPORT

Three Hays County commissioners who had declined pay raises now are receiving them.

Precinct 1 Commissioner Debbie Ingalsbe (D-San Marcos), Precinct 2 Commissioner Jeff Barton (D-Kyle) and Precinct 3 Commissioner Will Conley (R-San Marcos) all declined recommended pay raises last year pending the outcome of a study to determine if the county’s elected officials are compensated in line with the marketplace.

However, Hays County Treasurer Michelle Tuttle said Thursday that all three now are receiving those pay raises after a citizens committee completed its study in December.

“(The study) came back that they are in the range,” Tuttle said of the new commissioners salaries. “So, they will receive their budgeted pay.”

The pay increase of $8,290 will move each commissioners’ annual salary from $56,757 to $65,048, an increase of nearly 15 percent. The increases went into effect without the court approving them in open session.

“The reason why is that the salaries are budgeted (for the new amounts), so there is no action,” Tuttle said.

Hays County Judge Elizabeth Sumter (D-Wimberley) and Precinct 4 Commissioner Karen Ford (D-Dripping Springs) had already accepted pay increases.

Ingalsbe and Conley won re-election to their seats in November, a month after the study began.

Tuttle said the commissioners court will review a presentation concerning pay for county employees at next Tuesday’s meeting. Ray Associates conducted the study of elected employee compensation, in conjunction with the citizens committee. The county was to pay Ray Associates $10,000 for its work on the compensation survey.

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