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County Commissioners Set Proposed $29.8 Budget

In Wonder Women
July 21, 2023

Two budgets were available for the commissioners – one with salary increases and one without the increases.
Budget 1 contains a six percent raise for county law enforcement workers funded via a state grant and no county employee raises. The second option is the same slate of numbers including the state-funded law enforcement salary increase along with a three percent across the board pay in- crease for county employees. The employee pay increase adds $200,000 to the general budget. The board also approved by a roll call vote of 4-1, a contract with KOFILE for pre-preserva- tion of Cooke County District Clerk records dating from 1848 to 1920. The original contract was signed October 11, 2021.
The item sparked a lengthy discussion at the June 26 com- missioners court meeting with commissioners taking no action -on project.
During the July 10 meeting, Precinct 1 Commissioner Gary Hollowell reminded the court, the county is facing a budget shortfall of at least $6 million.

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