Salary increases for Hopkins County employees are set to go up with the start of the new fiscal year on Oct. 1.
County Judge Chris Brown said the across-the-board increases will affect all elected officials and county employees, if approved by the commissioners court.
“What you've got is 2 percent across the board increase,” Brown said. “With the constables, you are looking at a $1,500 bump on top of that — they are the only elected officials that aren't paid the same. They took over the civil process from the sheriff's department and doubled their workload.”
For elected county officials, the annual salary will go from $50,363 to $51,370.
County employees, other than the elected officials, will also see a 2 percent increase in their paychecks, according to Brown.
The salary increases are part of a more than $7.3 million budget proposed for Hopkins County for the fiscal year beginning Oct. 1, that will retain the same tax rate as last year but will result in an increase of $301,910. Two-thirds of that amount, Brown said, can be attributed to new property added to the tax roll in 2013.
Public hearings on the proposed budget and tax rate are scheduled for 9 a.m. Monday, Sept. 16 and Monday, Sept. 23, in the Commissioners Courtroom on the first floor of the county courthouse. The proposed budget is on file for public inspection on the Hopkins County website www.hopkinscountytx.org and in the county clerk’s office.
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