By a vote of 4-1, the commissioners approved the salaries of Precinct 1 Justice of the Peace Susan Moore and Precinct 2 Justice of the Peace Steven Kennedy be increased from $34,692 to $42,872, which is equivalent to the salary of the county treasurer.
Moore and Kennedy presented their request to the court and all but Precinct 3 Commissioner Ronald Bailey voted for the pay raise.
Goliad County Judge David Bowman has proposed in the 2014 budget that the salaries of nine elected officials, including both justices of the peace, be made equal.
Moore and Kennedy told the court their current salaries rank near the bottom in the state in counties of populations between 5,000 and 9,999. DeWitt County justices earn $48,137 and Refugio County justices earn $46,282.
Moore and Kennedy reported that their precincts generated $312,755 in revenue to the county between Sept. 1, 2011 and Aug. 13, 2012. They said that ranks fifth among Texas counties with populations of 5,000-9,999.
Precinct 1 Commissioner Julian Flores made the motion to approve the pay raises and it was seconded by Precinct 4 Commissioner Ted Long.
Bowman has also proposed a three-percent pay increase for all county employees and elected officials
The county judge is paid $47,816 with a supplement of $15,00. County commissioners are paid $43,146 with a supplement of $10,000. The commissioners’ pay ranks second in the state among counties of similar size.