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August 24, 2013

Tax assessor, buildings supervisor seek more county funds

By JUDY SHERIDAN

Tax Assessor-Collector Marjorie King was in Parker County Commissioners’ Court Thursday to ask for another full-time position for the department’s auto dealer section as well as salary adjustments for her deputies and bookkeeper.

New Building and Grounds Supervisor Kevin Holloway also approached the court both to seek additional funds and suggest cost savings. 

King defined the new staff position as a reinstatement of one lost during the 2011-12 budget cuts. She said it was greatly needed due to increasing auto dealer sales and plans for new and expanding auto dealerships.

“It’s a good thing,” she reflected. “Vehicles, registration and title, as far as I know, is still your second greatest source of revenue. But we’re simply understaffed in the dealer section to meet the needs of a growing county.”

To underscore the increasing volume of work, King showed that the total amount collected from auto registration increased from $25.5 million in calendar year 2009 to $37 million in 2012. She projected the 2013 calendar year would close between $42 million and $45 million.

The department channeled $1.85 million into the county’s General Fund and $1.4 million into the Road & Bridge Fund in fiscal year 2012, according to King’s presentation.

The tax assessor estimated that hiring another employee, bringing the number working in the auto dealer section to three, would add $41,337 in salary and benefits costs.  

King also asked for salary adjustments for her current employees, outlining their workload and multiple duties and highlighting those with salaries in the $26,000 annual range.

“For the first time ever we’re experiencing a turnover,” she said, “and it’s derived mostly from employees moving to other counties for better pay.”

King, who compared the salaries of her clerks with clerks in the Justice of the Peace offices, estimated it would take about $65,000 to reclassify her deputies and bookkeeper and make their salaries comparable.

Building and Grounds Supervisor Holloway asked the court for up to $800 in software to track building projects, $6,500 for uniforms to identify county maintenance workers and $2,000 to boost lawn care services.

He reported an estimated savings of $30,000 to follow through with planned personnel changes and said the county could save about $10,900 by taking pest control services in-house.

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