All Navarro County government employees could see a 4 percent raise starting Oct. 1.

That's the consensus reached by Navarro County commissioners during a Friday morning budget workshop.

In addition to the across-the-board increase, commissioners also tenatively agreed to offer a $1,000 signing bonus for new hires in the Sheriff's Office — an incentive to help attract new applicants to help fill the 16 positions the department currently has open.

The raises will cost the county about $358,000, plus the cost of the NCSO signing bonuses, being budgeted at $10,000 for the coming year. The signing bonus would be paid after a six month probationary period, commissioners agreed.

More workshops are expected over the next few weeks as commissioners continue to make adjustments in the new spending plan.

Final action on the budget decisions will come when commissioners adopt the budget and tax rate in September.


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