Written by Kathy Olivarez Friday, 07 September 2012 07:00
Pay increases could lead to $16 million budget shortage
EDINBURG — Hidalgo County leaders this week mulled over a five percent cost-of-living increase for employees that could leave the county with a potential $16 million shortfall.
At a budget workshop held Tuesday, officials also discussed whether to bring constable salaries in line with justices of the peace salaries.
The adopted 2012 budget is approximately $167 million. Budget adjustments brought the total to about $170 million. The county has estimated revenues of $161 million leaving a shortfall of $9.5 million. This budget did not include a planned cost-of-living increase of 4.7 percent or other adjustments to the budget. While county commissioners and county court and district judges’ salaries would stay at their current level, the cost of giving a 4.7 percent cost-of-living to 2,108 employees came to $4.3 million.