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August 18, 2013

Updated: County budget workshops continue

Corsicana — Editor's note: Corrected on Monday, Aug. 19, 2013, to reflect employee costs of 18 percent above actual pay plus the county's share of employee health insurance, which is over $8,500 per employee.

The Navarro County Commissioners Court didn’t take any action Friday when the group met in a workshop to talk about the budget.

Although there are still a lot of unknown factors, including a requested change in salary structure for sheriff’s employees and expenses involved in the proposed restoration of the courthouse, the county could end the current budget in the black, said Kathy Hollomon, county auditor.

The county has been considering the pay of county employees, and, when asked by Pct. 2 Commissioner Dick Martin, Hollomon told the commissioners that all the benefits that an employee receives add up to about 18 percent above their actual pay, plus the cost of employee health insurance paid by the county, which is more than $8,500 per employee. Commissioners have tentatively agreed on a 4 percent across-the-board pay raise for county employees.

Commissioners also held a closed, executive session to discuss personnel at Friday’s workshop, but took no action following, said County Judge H.M. Davenport Jr.

Commissioners have called a special meeting for 10 a.m. Monday to continue budget talks as well as several amendments to the current budget, approval of Xerox contracts for upgrades, authorizing advertising for new computer software, and approval of a grant for the district attorney’s office.

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