Commissioners gave county employees a 3 percent salary increase last year and added another 2 percent increase for “guns and badges” in the sheriff’s office.
Precinct No. 4 Commissioner Dusty Renfro said the county should direct its unassigned funds toward the lowest paid employees — those making less than $30,000 annually — as well as to the sheriff’s office.
“I get more phone calls about adding sheriff’s deputies to the streets than any other,” he said.
Commissioners approved court reporter salaries — set by district judges — at $72,727 for those in the 43rd and 415th district courts and at $72,028 for those in county court-at-law No. 1 and county court-at-law No. 2.
The court also approved the auditor’s $494,872 budget, with the auditor’s salary — also set by district judges — at $91,767.
New treasurer Barnwell asked for an additional $6,800 to cover salary increases for her chief deputy, payroll administrator and deputy. She also requested funds for longevity pay, electronic equipment, training and seminars and code books.
In other business the court:
• Discussed lowering the percentage of county tax charged when customers use credit cards in Justice of the Peace offices.
• Discussed collecting millions of dollars in fines and fees owed to Justice of the Peace offices.
• Heard that Barnwell is close to completing a new investment policy that could save the county $100,000 per year.