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Posted: Thursday, September 27, 2012 12:00 am

Austin County employees will see a 3 percent pay increase in the coming budget year.

Austin County Commissioners’ Court approved the expense in a special budget hearing and meeting Monday night.

The estimated cost of the increase would be about $187,000 over the course of the fiscal year, said Austin County Auditor Betty Jez. The change will be reflected for the Oct. 19 scheduled pay.

The raise will not affect county elected officials.

The increase will still allow the county to maintain its $3 million cash reserve, said Austin County Judge Carolyn Bilski at a previous meeting.

The money will be allotted to each department, but ultimately the department head would figure out how to divvy it up based on job performance.

Austin County is estimating $1.18 million in general fund revenues for the 2012-2013 budget, which was approved after a public hearing Monday evening. Much of that is due to increases in property values and the end of tax abatements for several companies like BAE Systems.

Expenditures should run around $1.17 million for the general fund – before the $187,000 salary increase.

During budget workshops several department heads had requested a pay increase including EMS Directory Ron Dille and Austin County Sheriff R. DeWayne Burger. At Tuesday morning’s commissioners' court meeting the court voted to table action on a one-time pay adjustment of $236 for general fund and road and bridge employees not receiving certificate pay who had been working for the county at least six months.

Please see www.sealynews.com for more updates on the county budget.

The official 2012-2013 fiscal year budget of Austin County as approved and adopted will be on file beginning Oct. 8 for public inspection at the following locations:

•Offices of the county judge, county auditor and county clerk at the Austin County Courthouse, One East Main Street, Bellville

• Bellville Public Library, 106 North Holland, Bellville

•Gordon Memorial Library, 917 North Circle, Sealy

• Knox Library, 6806 Railroad, Wallis

•West End Library, Corner of Highway 109 and North Main, Industry

•Online at: www.austincounty.com The public in invited to examine the budget during regular business hours.

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