A decision on Travis County pay raises shouldn’t be that hard for county commissioners to reach — or so you would think. The county’s elected officials and rank-and-file employees got a 3.5 percent salary increase last year — not to mention the whopping 11.4 percent raise commissioners approved for sheriff’s deputies.
A preliminary work-up on next year’s budget includes a 3 percent pay increase proposal for the county’s elected officials and employees because that’s what the five-member commissioners court approved last year. This year’s budget deliberation is an excellent opportunity to abandon the “we did it last year so we have to do it this year” line of governance. Commissioners should consider freezing wages for elected officials at current levels as they begin their budget deliberations.
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