With the county standing to lose approximately $650,000 in revenue, Goliad County Judge David Bowman explained the proposed $550,000 in budget cuts during a public hearing Sept. 5 at the district courtroom.
“Nobody is getting a raise, but at least I’m not going to lose any of my officers,” Brumby said. “Normally, I buy two cars a year to upgrade my fleet. I may only be able to buy one car this year.”
The GCSO employs 28 full-time and five part-time people.
The proposed budget cuts were made necessary by the looming court battle with Coleto Creek Power Plant over its appraised value.
“We don’t know how much the power plant will say they’re worth,” Brumby said. “The county’s portion is $660,000. If they get a $200 million deduction in their evaluation, that’s almost $1.3 million the county will lose and that’s a significant amount. We will have to suffer just like the rest of the county departments will.”