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Victoria County commissioners meet in the Victoria County Courthouse at 115 N. Bridge St.

Victoria County commissioners Monday will discuss adding two new benefits to insurance plans for employees.

Commissioners will discuss adding long-term disability and critical illness coverage options, County Judge Ben Zeller said. The discussion arose based on employee feedback to the county’s human resources department.

Similarly, commissioners will discuss creating a county employee survey regarding benefits, Zeller said.

“Our county benefits package is one of the best around, but we still want to be proactive in ensuring our benefits fit the needs of our employees,” he said.

Zeller said there may be opportunities to improve benefits based on feedback from the surveys “without facing a net increase in expenses.”

Also, commissioners will discuss renewing the county’s participation in a Pentagon program that distributes surplus military gear and equipment to local police departments and sheriff’s offices in the country.

The program, known as the 1033 Program, has distributed gear from military rifles and armored vehicles to tactical vests and binoculars to about 8,000 participating agencies, according to the U.S. Department of Defense.

Discussion about the program was delayed previously because Zeller had asked the Victoria County Sheriff’s Office for a full list of the equipment the department had received through the program and had not received that information by the May 28 meeting.

Morgan Theophil covers local government for the Victoria Advocate. She can be reached at 361-580-6511, mtheophil@vicad.com or on Twitter

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Morgan Theophil covers local government for the Victoria Advocate. She can be reached at 361-580-6511, mtheophil@vicad.com or on Twitter.

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