Victoria commissioners to meet in newly renovated courtroom

Brian Cuaron

July 16, 2011 at 2:16 a.m.

The Victoria County Commissioners Court will meet in in a newly renovated courtroom on Monday.

The renovations will allow the courtroom to also be used for county court-at-law judge and jury trials.

The renovation was needed because there are eight judges, but only four courtrooms.

The renovation didn't affect the audience-seating area. It did, though, move the seats for the commissioners a bit to make room for a jury box.

Morris Builders Inc. and Feals Electric did the renovation work.

Morris Builders Inc. had estimated the cost at $5,920 and Feals Electric estimated it at $1,700.

The commissioners court is also expected to discuss raising the reimbursement rate for auto mileage.

The current reimbursement rate is 50 cents per mile, Judge Don Pozzi said.

The change would affect county officials and employees who use their personal vehicles for county travel, according the court's agenda.

The court last changed the rate in December 2009 when it brought it down from 55 cents a mile to 50 cents. That was in line with the IRS's rate at the time.

"It's been our policy to pay the federal rate," Pozzi said.

He added that the rate goes up and down based on the price of gas.

The IRS's current rate was listed at 55.5 cents per mile.



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