Written by Kathy Olivarez Friday, 08 November 2013 11:03
Fern McClaugherty, OWLS (Objective Watchers of the Legal System), spoke out Tuesday against a proposed agenda item giving county employees an additional holiday in 2014. Returning Columbus Day to employees was on the Hidalgo County Commissioners Court agenda for Tuesday, Nov. 5.
McClaugherty told commissioners she had researched all 254 counties in Texas and found that most Texas counties gave no more than 12 days. Some gave as few as eight while El Paso County had 15.
McClaugherty told the court that 75 percent of the county’s residents had incomes under the poverty level and 79 percent of them lived on fixed incomes. They could not afford for the county to be giving away holidays where the county had to pay salaries but got no return on them.