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County staff to see a boost on paychecks

Posted: Wednesday, August 14, 2013 12:00 am

SEGUIN — Guadalupe County employees can expect to see approximately $20 per week more on their paychecks after the county’s new fiscal year starts on Oct. 1.

Although the county’s budget for fiscal 2014 has not yet been formally adopted, commissioners court has agreed to a pay raise of 50 cents an hour for all county employees and officials.

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  • gmainc posted at 10:11 am on Wed, Aug 21, 2013.

    gmainc Posts: 539

    Rose - Thanks, feeling a bit better. Back to bed soon. I'm starting to think prescription med's cause more problems then they fix! Hope you are back on track soon.

  • gmainc posted at 9:32 am on Wed, Aug 21, 2013.

    gmainc Posts: 539

    J832 - and? Judge Jones has done a great job. Our county is expanding at an incredible rate and he is right on top of it, doing a heck of a job.

  • john832 posted at 2:08 pm on Sat, Aug 17, 2013.

    john832 Posts: 98

    With all due respect, gmainc, Judge Larry Jones has been in office for just 9 months. His wife has been on the county payroll for 22 years. Larry Jones is also drawing retirement pay from the taxpayers of Guadalupe County. It is what it is.

  • Don and Rose posted at 11:04 am on Sat, Aug 17, 2013.

    Don and Rose Posts: 722

    gmainc: Hope you get to feeling better....I have had some health issues of my own recently and know how these things can drag you down...literally!

  • gmainc posted at 8:00 am on Sat, Aug 17, 2013.

    gmainc Posts: 539

    Rose - I'll ask Judge Jones about that too, but I don't think they've had a raise in 2-3 years or so, maybe longer. As you know, COLA is different than an actual raise. Still not feeling well but will post his answers when I'm better and speak with him.

  • Don and Rose posted at 1:03 pm on Fri, Aug 16, 2013.

    Don and Rose Posts: 722

    gmainc: I await either a retraction by the Gazette or a denial by Larry Jones. As to being harsher...been there, done that many times...depends on how heated the issue is. I have already twd...that it isn't ALWAYS about taxes...but sometimes it is.
    I can also see that when taxes are lowered and elected officials receive more money almost at the same it could be seen as giving with one hand and taking with the other.

  • gmainc posted at 10:21 am on Fri, Aug 16, 2013.

    gmainc Posts: 539

    Rose, so true. What conversation preceeded that quote and was it quoted accurately? I had a bad last couple of days - car a/c broke, bad test results from dr, don't feel good. Perhaps I was harsher than I meant to be.
    However, I have issues with anyone who continually runs our elected officials down. Can someone state what any of them have done wrong since this past January? We don't have any of them being sued, nobody caught with drugs or a DWI, no theft. . . So what exactly is the constant complaining about? Property taxes are down, one of the biggest issues on this blog, but not one person commented on that article last week, which leads me to believe some posters only want to complain, complain, complain.
    I still support Judge Jones for our County Judge. I have a call in to him to explain that quote to me. If some of you would step away from the keyboard and call or meet with our officials you might be surprised at their knowledge and dedication. I live in Pct. 3 and couldn't ask for a better Commissioner or Constable in Wolverton or Skrobarcek.

  • Don and Rose posted at 5:50 pm on Thu, Aug 15, 2013.

    Don and Rose Posts: 722

    If you can't see the point of twd's statement about Judge Jonses' quote then you are either blind or your mind is totally closed. If the quote is correct...and I haven't heard Jones refute it or the Gazette retract it... then twd's observation is absolutely correct...
    "once we publicize it we're not going to change it" says the public hearing is a formality and in my opinion, a farce.
    Challenging someone's post based not on fact but on a dislike for the individual is childish and possibly born of a "sour disposition".

  • scottpowers posted at 3:02 pm on Thu, Aug 15, 2013.

    scottpowers Posts: 226

    Yes martha2200! as I reflect on your comment, It reminds me of Shakespeare's Hamlet, Act 3, scene 2 "methinks thou doth protest too much"!

  • martha2200 posted at 2:50 pm on Thu, Aug 15, 2013.

    martha2200 Posts: 50

    Taxwatchdog, put very little stock in gmaincs posts..This person is always in favor of county officials...Something fishy about this poster...

  • gmainc posted at 2:25 pm on Thu, Aug 15, 2013.

    gmainc Posts: 539

    TWD - that is your opinion. You have not attended any of the meetings and rely on the condensed version of a reporter. You might be surprised at everything that goes on, on and off the record. You know the meetings are videoed. I have yet to hear you comment positively about anything. You' ve gone on and on about property taxes- why didn't you commend the lowering of them? I look forward to seeing you at the forums, when you won't be behind a computer screen but facing the public with that sour disposition of yours.
    Gotta run get the grandkids, have a great day.

  • taxwatchdog posted at 1:28 pm on Thu, Aug 15, 2013.

    taxwatchdog Posts: 466

    gmainc, how am I wrong? You don't say. Am I wrong to think public hearings should be conducted by elected officials who are open-minded and have not already made a decision? Am I wrong to think there should be no "done deals" on the court's agenda? Am I wrong to think holding a public hearing just to satisfy a legal formality makes a mockery of the intent of the law? You never ever refute my arguments with any meaningful or thought-provoking comments. Instead, you belittle my good name. How sad.

  • gmainc posted at 9:18 am on Thu, Aug 15, 2013.

    gmainc Posts: 539

    Just Think - you basically explained that this is a forum for ones' opinion, which it is. It is mandated to have a public hearing and post the salaries for at least 10 days, so what do you need explained? TWD is wrong, in my opinion, on his opinion.
    I support Judge Jones in the upcoming election. He has done an outstanding job in a matter of months. If TWD wants to run against him he'll be throwing his $ away on signs and hand-outs, but hey, why not? I can't wait to attend some forums and see his temper fly!

  • posted at 7:35 am on Thu, Aug 15, 2013.


    On a more positive note, HOW BOUT THOSE COWBOYS!!! Errr....aaaa....maybe not!

  • scottpowers posted at 10:33 pm on Wed, Aug 14, 2013.

    scottpowers Posts: 226

    How convenient!! How very convenient !!

  • JustThink posted at 9:40 pm on Wed, Aug 14, 2013.

    JustThink Posts: 107

    @speakthetruth and @gmainc, your comments can be perceived as a complaint. Speaking the truth is exclusive by nature. When one speaks the truth there is a division between the truth and a lie. This division is not a negative division. It is like breaking the ground to build a foundation. Taxwatchdog presents a factual, legal, and eyewitness perspective. Instead of childish remarks, start intelligently refuting the arguments. Use a base for your opinions and beliefs. Then we can all benefit from matters and ideas of substance. Here is your first challenge; What is the purpose of a public hearing?

  • taxwatchdog posted at 6:19 pm on Wed, Aug 14, 2013.

    taxwatchdog Posts: 466

    gmainc - The purpose of scheduling a public hearing is so elected officials can hear what the public has to say before making a decision.

    “Once we publicize it, we’re not going to change it,” Jones said during discussion of the proposed salaries.

    Does Judge Jones sound open-minded to you? The phrase "we're not going to change it" is both negative and confirms he has already made a decision. The public hearing is now merely a legal formality. Once published, "we're not going to change" the proposed salary increases for elected officials. That makes it a done deal. Elected officials agreeing to line their own pockets with our hard-earned tax dollars may be your definition of leadership, but it is definitely not mine.

  • gmainc posted at 12:03 pm on Wed, Aug 14, 2013.

    gmainc Posts: 539

    Where were the comments on the article quoting Judge Jones lowering property taxes? Wow, what a feat and in such a short amount of time! Congratulations Judge Jones. You have my vote and support in the upcoming election.

  • gmainc posted at 11:53 am on Wed, Aug 14, 2013.

    gmainc Posts: 539

    Note the salary increases are for COLA, like Social Security increases, not raises. New personnel have also been added, mostly in law enforcement.

    TWD - I believe the farce will be you running for County Judge. Your negative attitude would divide Commish Court and all elected officials. Not saying you aren't smart but your negativity negates your leadership.

  • redridermom217 posted at 11:40 am on Wed, Aug 14, 2013.

    redridermom217 Posts: 106

    Remember the good old days when Public Service meant being there to help the community and better the lives of everyone? Now it just means Elected Officials getting a big fat paycheck.

  • Reader1 posted at 8:36 am on Wed, Aug 14, 2013.

    Reader1 Posts: 47

    I can understand giving employees a raise. I thought the 25 cent per hour was fine. Elected officials should not get a raise and their salaries should be frozen.

    There are those of us who still have not found employment. Those of us on limited incomes. Every time you turn around fees, utilities, and taxes are going up. We aren't getting any help or increases in our cost of living. We are struggling to make ends meet. Maybe if the elected officials had to live within their means for a few years, they would consider the rest of us too.

  • Don and Rose posted at 8:14 am on Wed, Aug 14, 2013.

    Don and Rose Posts: 722

    I can understand the 50 cent per hour pay raise for "employees" who receive an hourly wage but how do you compute 50 cents per hour for those who receive a salary not based on hours worked?

  • taxwatchdog posted at 12:56 am on Wed, Aug 14, 2013.

    taxwatchdog Posts: 466

    “Once we publicize it, we’re not going to change it,” Jones said during discussion of the proposed salaries.

    In other words, the future public hearing on elected county officials' "proposed" salary increases will be a farce.