When a salary survey committee presents its findings to the Hays County commissioners court during a workshop this morning, officials will hear a conclusion one assumes they’ll like: The county’s elected officials are almost uniformly underpaid compared to similar counties.
During the budget making process for the fiscal year that began Oct. 1, the court approved a budget that included an increase in county commissioner salary from $56,757 to $65,408 plus a $9,744 car allowance, a total of $74,792. County Judge Elizabeth Sumter’s base salary increased from $70,471 to $77,490 with a $10,962 car allowance; she also receives a $15,000 judicial stipend from the state.
At the time, however, three court members — Commissioners Debbie Gonzales Ingalsbe, Will Conley and Jeff Barton — declined to accept the pay hike pending the survey committee’s findings.
Now they’ll have cover with room to spare for taking the increased salaries: The committee will recommend compensation totaling $87,869 for commissioners and $102,976 for the county judge, according the committee’s report.
Other recommended salaries include:
Appointed by the commissioners court, the committee included Kyle assistant city manager James Earp; Hays CISD assistant superintendent Carolyn Hitt; Buda Chamber of Commerce president Dick Schneider; Texas State political science professor Sherri Mora; C-FAN human resources manager Laura Lucas; and two citizens drawn from the grand jury pool: Harvey Graeber of San Marcos and Sandra Schick of Wimberley.