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Service of Citation compensation reviewed
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GROVETON – Deputies within Trinity County are now on a mileage based payment for service of citations. Normally, service of citation allows for payment for the type of citation that is served. Given this new order from the Commissioner's Court a deputy will be compensated for the amount of mileage they use to serve the citation. Constables, since they are paid salary, are not compensated for service of citations. If the citation is payable for service and a constable serves it, that money is turned back into the county. In a Commissioner's Court meeting Tuesday, Oct. 15, Precinct 2 Constable, Mark Cole, along with Deputies of Precinct 2 and 3 were present to be heard. The motion was carried, four votes to one with Commissioner Precinct 3, Neal Smith, voting no. Indigent Defense Grant Applications are being made for the fiscal year 2014 Indigent Defense Formula Grant Program. This year the Texas Indigent Defense Commission has an additional $15 million to disperse over the state. Through the work of the 83rd legislature, the commission, and numerous county advocates, the dedicated funds set aside for fiscal years' 2011-2013 for state budget purposes were restored to use for the intended purpose. The extra monies will be dispersed in a one time special payment, where as the $20 million in funds that is normally available for this grant will be dispersed in four quarterly payments as usual. This grant will assist the county in the implementation of the provisions of the Fair Defense Act and the improvement of the indigent criminal defense services for this county. The deadline for submitting applications, expense reports and biennial defense plans is November 15, 2013. In other news During the Oct. 15 meeting, budget approval proceeded. In the fiscal year of 2014 the Annual Budget will increase by 2.60% with the increase coming mainly from revenue of property taxes. The County is expecting the property tax revenue to increase this years' budget by $101,164, and new property is expected to bring in $52,249. The inmate work program was another topic on the list with applications from Trinity Pines Baptist Church, Centerville ISD, Eastern Star Masonic Lodge and Glendale Water Supply. Most of these organizations have a non-profit status leaving them with a small charge of $125 to cover the cost of the part-time jailer who oversees the inmates.