San Patricio County Commissioners got a surprise Monday morning during budget hearings. While all county departments brought their new budgets to the courthouse, Mr. Kippy appeared in a space suit to deliver his budget request, complete with some original artwork, for the commissioners to consider. While he said he wasn’t requesting a raise, he would appreciate one for his secretary who holds down the fort while he makes his way across the county all week long reading to children. Mr. Kippy’s 2019 budget request included some original artwork he created (shown below at left) featuring the county commissioners and him in his spacesuit.