It’s already a Happy New Year for Hays County Commissioners Jeff Barton of Pct. 2 (D-Kyle), Debbie Gonzales Ingalsbe of Pct. 1 (D-San Marcos) and Will Conley of Pct. 3 (R-San Marcos). Their salaries this year will climb about $8,290, from $56,757 to $65,048. That’s a 14.6 percent jump.
Wait a minute!
I remember all three of them very publicly declining this pay hike back in September when the county’s 2009 fiscal year budget was being discussed.
Ingalsbe said she felt uncomfortable accepting a large pay increase. Conley even voted against one of the pay packages then under discussion.
Barton went a step further, announcing in an affidavit he sent to the county auditor and the county treasurer in September, that: “I do not feel comfortable accepting such a large increase in my own pay . . . In these economic hard times, in this age of cynicism, I feel compelled to go “above and beyond” if we are to reinvigorate the public trust.”
Excuse me if I appear to be cynical, but how does being two-faced with public money “reinvigorate the public trust”?
Charles O’Dell, Ph.D.