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It's all fun and games, isn't it Spotter...until someone shows up with the facts. Thanks for finding that.
Holein1, I concur.
sounds good, edith. i support trimming the fat.
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$50k seems like a good number:http://i36.tinypic.com/cpb8h.jpg
Or see p.100 of the 2009 CAFR:www.victoriacountytx.org/pdf/2009%20C...
It was a ball park figure, but with benefits, etc., I'm probably not too far off.
I've never had a problem at VC. Sharon Barnes and Bob Allen, along with a host of voluneer folks handle the Victoria Regional History Center, a designated Regional Historical Resource Depository, very professionally. They know what they have in their collections. There is no inventory or index of what is contained in the building on Bridge Street. What does Gary Dunnam do all day? He could be indexing the stuff, with the help of volunteers, if he would just do it!
County records belong with the County Clerk. Do we let someone else take care of district records? No-they're with the District Clerk. And yes, hopefully the new County Clerk will bring that office into this century.
So, if we already have the regional collecion of archives at VC-being tended by a professional archivist at no cost to the county, and we put the rest of the County records where they belong-with the County Clerk, what is left for the County Heritage Director? I think nothing. Eliminate this position, and the county has saved money.
The County Archives are the only entity in the oldest Bell building. Yes, VPI has an office there--Dunnam is the ED of VPI, but this building is not being fully utilized, either.
edith - maybe it doesn't matter, but if you have a public record of asking them and their response it makes it a little easier to take them to task later on.
so we have one person that says the job pays $50K and one that says it doesn't. who's right? either have proof?
holein1--does it matter where the conversations took place? The more important point is that they are aware, and have been aware. These are not conversations that just recently took place. And the conversations centered around the duplication of services.
These were phone calls and the reactions varied from "Yes, I know." to "uhhhh...'.
The County Commissioners knew when the position was created what it was. They agreed to the funky arrangements re: CHD and VPI. No one 'snuck' anything past them. There was full disclosure. They knew it before the rest of us discovered it.
what were the reactions to the questions posed to the commissioners? was this done in session or randomly?
i'm all for reducing redundancy in government.
The county doesn't pay the heritage director $50k. I don't think VC is providing the same services as the county. Have you ever tried to research at the VC, good lord, you need a level 5 security clearance to get into that part of the library. I've never had a problem getting information from the county archives.
By the way, why do we need so many people working in the county clerks office? Someone should really take a close look at that office staffing levels. Maybe when Huvar finally leaves, the new guy will take a hard look at what has been going on in that office for the last 50 years.
Thanks for asking. This very suggestion has been discussed several times with at least three of the four Commissioners. They are fully aware of the facts re: the repository at VC, duplication of services, etc.
The whole County Heritage Director/Victoria Preservation Inc. deal probably needs a look-see. There is some crazy financial arrangement regarding these positions, which are held by the same person--Gary Dunnam. They need to make it a bit clearer who is paying for what--no mention in the budget of VPI paying rent to the county--and just where there are duplications in service.
If the County Heritage Director is sitting in the building with the County archives, do you think anyone doing research can go and browse the archives? Nope!
We have a County Clerk who is a record keeper, and we have the Regional Arichives at VC. Why do we need another person doing what it already being done, and at County expense?
Think about it.
The current Justice of the Peace Welfel, is making $45,000 a year and the guy running against him Tijerina, wants to reduce the salary to $37,297 which was the level for 2006 (last election time) In less than four years this salary has increased $7,701 tax dollars, now if everyone took a $7,000 cut till the economy improves then I think it would be help the budget.
good point about the countr heritage director, edith. have you spoken to your commissioner?
The county could take a hard look at the services provided by the County Heritage Director. That position should be eliminated as those services are already being provided for, and excellently I might add, by the Regional Archives at Victoria College.
Just as sharing the precinct equipment makes sense, eliminating this position makes perfect sense, and would be a savings of at least 50 grand.
A percentage based salary cut will help, but this total amount of savings does not save as much as the cost of one piece of road maintenance equipment. Just wondering if the county has looked at our four county commissioners to join forces and plan/schedule all county road maintenance using pool equipment, rather than all four commissioners having redundant equipment stored in four separate locations and not being fully utilized on a day to day basis. Not sure if each commissioner has a separate equipment storage area containing expensive equipment that they consider theirs, and not shared between the four precincts.
I feel that an anual pay cut of $1000. is far far to small. County goverment is as unconcerened about it voters as our muslem president obama is about our nation. Far too many perks are given to these people.
These elected officials represent us! Why not let the public vote and set the salarys for the elected officials? That would be fair.
That would put people in the position that would be there for the job and not the money. If they need to get a second job to make ends meet, then so be it. LET THE PEOPLE VOTE!
i think the new city manager's salary should be negotiated down considerably. she doesn't have the experience and city size (job scope) is not the only justification for salary. if that was the case, i'm sure the rest of us working stiffs would be making a hell of a lot more. i think i'm currently doing 2 jobs, one is at least 1 pay grade higher, and not getting paid for them. i wonder what my job pays in sugarland?
perhaps we do need some fresh blood in the commissioners court, but i'm sorry, pozzi is way better than ocker will ever be.
This is why we have morons working on the budget.. So let me get this clear? a $1000.00 off of elected officials salaries? so you have a contable who is a police offer and they want to reduce thier $22,000 salaries to $21,000? while Judge Pozzi and the commissioners court make anywhere from $60,000 to $100,000 a year and think there meager $1000.00 a year paycut will fix the budget? That thousand dollars doesnt effect them. It effects the police officer making $22,000.00 a year. No wonder we cant get the budget fixed because we have elected fools who cant use simple common sense. Heres a suggestion, if Pozzi and commisioners court want to humbly fix the budget, reduce your salaries more instead of law enforcement officers. Oh yes and there is a hiring freeze at the sheriffs office. Public doesnt know but hey who needs extra police officers on the street when you have comedy central running our county government. Make a difference folks and get these pretenders out of office with a vote in november
beg to differ there cobra. i believe it "reads" pretty clear in the first sentence."...cut in the pay for all county of Victoria elected officials by $1,000 in 2011."
being that pozzi is an elected official, he would fall into that category.
i agree with the advocate editorial that the cuts should be percentage based in order to be fair and equitable.
This article does not read anything about Pozzi taking a cut. What gives? Is he above the cuts? Vote in November and get the trash out on the curb for the sanitation department to pick up and either bury or burn.