Denton County commissioners will consider around $900,000 in department appeals this morning.
Today’s meeting is the first day county departments can get face time with county commissioners to appeal the budget requests they made but were not recommended by budget officer Donna Stewart’s department. There are 10 appeals on the agenda.
“I don't look for us making decisions right away; we’re going to listen to all appeals,” County Judge Mary Horn said. “Donna does a good job of putting budget impact information together for all appeals. Then we just have to weigh it out.”
Stewart said the appeals include new hires for purchasing, the district clerk, criminal district attorney and jail health. Constables in precincts 4, 5 and 6 are looking for vehicle equipment, body armor and training, and the probate court’s request includes training dues and office furniture.
In all, department heads asked for 104 new positions. The recommended $223 million budget includes 77 new positions, mostly to staff in upcoming jail expansion.
In addition, the district attorney’s office plans to ask for another new position that was not included in the original request, Stewart said.
Last year, department heads asked for a total of 19 new positions. Of those only seven-and-a-half were approved. The half position comes from emergency services which had a position that went from part time to full time.
Stewart said commissioners would also consider scenarios to restructure the road and bridge department from two different pay grades of classifications of employees to three.
“They will be looking at some minor adjustments in pay for some of the positions involved. It might affect 10 people or so, it just depends on which they want to go with if they go with either.”
Another appeal comes from one of the social service agencies that requested funds but did not get them. The Boys & Girls Club of North Central Texas will be appealing their original request, which was included in the $390,038 total all the county service agencies requested. The Social Service Agency Committee recommended $295,000 and did not recommend funding for any new agencies.
BJ LEWIS can be reached at 940-566-6875 and via Twitter at @BjlewisDRC.