Commissioners close to approving $37.7M budget

Melissa Crowe By Melissa Crowe

Aug. 14, 2014 at 6:15 p.m.
Updated Aug. 14, 2014 at 11:21 p.m.

Victoria County commissioners are set to approve a $37.7 million budget for the upcoming year.

The new budget makes room for five new employees - two at the sheriff's office, a part-timer for the veterans office and two for the district attorney's office - by cutting cost-of-living raises for retirees.

County Judge Don Pozzi said the commissioners had only a small amount of wiggle room to keep the budget balanced.

"As always, I am extremely proud of the job this court has done, the amount of work, time and effort they have put into this budget process with a large help from administrative services," Pozzi said.

Last week, constables presented their case for pay raises. Pozzi said those raises were denied, but the court voted in favor of increasing mileage reimbursements to $15,000 for each constable from $12,000. The court is also looking into insurance plans that cover constables' personal vehicles while on duty.

The sheriff's office will have funding to purchase seven new vehicles, Pozzi said.

County Auditor Judy McAdams said this year's budget is similar to last year's.

Gulf Bend Center will receive $50,000.

Children's Discovery Museum was denied funding.

Victoria Economic Development Corp. will receive $30,000, a slight increase as a result of closing another economic development fund.

Mid-Coast Family Services requested $20,000 and is receiving $5,000.

The Child Welfare Board requested the county pick up its entire $32,000 budget. Commissioners voted to allocate $22,700 and are offering bookkeeping and accounting services.

Court Appointed Special Advocates will receive about $3,000.

Hope of South Texas requested $20,000 but was denied funding because of its reduced rent at a county-owned building.

"We looked at everything - at every request - and we discussed it in detail," Pozzi said.



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