KARNES COUNTY – Unlike last year’s budget where county officials and employees salaries all received a five percent pay increase across the board, this year’s pay increases outlined in the proposed budget vary dramatically.
County Judge Richard Butler said the goal this year was to get pay rates in line with what comparable positions in comparable counties are being paid for the same job description and level of skill and responsibility.
The county paid for a salary survey that was used as the primary tool in determining which positions received pay increases and which did not, and of those that did, the amount of increase.
The overall goal, Butler explained, was to help the county to fill important positions and retain the persons in those positions. The labor market in Karnes County has changed, and as a result, county leaders feel that higher rates of pay are needed to stay competitive and keep qualified workers in important positions.
While some elected and appointed officials are not slated to get any pay increase this year, others will see pay increases of up to 20 percent.
There are no pay increases for the county commissioners in the proposed budget, but very slight pay increases listed for the county judge and county attorney.
Also there are no pay increases shown this year for the county treasurer or elections administrator.
Topping the list, in terms of percentage increase, is the position of emergency management coordinator whose listed proposed salary shows a 89 percent increase from $15,714 to $29,723 per year.
The position of waste site operator shows an increase of 24 percent from $22,470 to $27,955 per year.
The position of county auditor shows an increase of 20 percent from $55,800 to $66,726 per year.
Positions of county librarian, veteran services officer, constables, highway patrol clerk, agricultural extension agent all show increases of about 15 percent.
The position of county sheriff shows an increase of 13 percent from $48,200 to $54,662 per year.
The position of county nurse shows an increase of 13 percent from $3.969 to $4,500 per year.
The position of EMS administrator shows an increase of 12 percent from $46,200 to $51,522 per year.
All four justices of the peace show pay increases of 11 percent, from $31,349 to $34,674 per year.
The position of custodial supervisor shows an increase of 8 percent from $32,400 to $35,027 per year.
The position of tax assessor-collector shows an increase of 8 percent from $41,950 to $45,115 per year.
The position of county clerk shows an increase of 3 percent from $41,950 to $43,139 per year.