By Tony Farkas
GROVETON — After declaring the county salary schedule set in stone, County Judge Doug Page reversed his stance and allowed increases for two employees to be factored into the FY 2022-23 budget.
The changes, made during budget discussions on Sept. 13, were to correct errors in classification for 911 Mapping Coordinator Jolynn Wars and Page’s administrative assistant Lisa Rogers.
Additionally, the Commissioners’ Court approved a tax rate of 57 cents per $100 property tax valuation, a penny less than this year’s rate.
In other business, the county:
•approved the FY 2021 audit, which showed the county was in good financial health;
•approved a Nov. 8 general election;
•approve a measure to leave the allocation of Secure Rural Schools grant funds as is;
•approved the renewal of the contract with Pitney Bowes for a postage meter for the District Clerk’s Office;
•approved the renewal of the Victims Information and Notification Everyday agreement;
•approved the expense of $11,448 to outfit two constable vehicles with proper equipment;
•approved the replacement of a radio repeater in the Trinity area for $33,000;
•approved $26,369 for network projects for the Sheriff’s Office, County Annex, County Jail and DA’s Office;
•approved the donation of $2,000 to the Sheriff’s Office from Shelly Madeley;
•approved an agreement with Don Laroe for access to private property to address drainage problems; and
•approved a bid of $23,370 for the construction of an annex parking lot.