17 Sep Maverick County Judge David Saucedo Holds Press Conference To Discuss Financial Status
Maverick County Judge David Saucedo held a press conference on Monday, September 16 to inform the community of the financial status of the County and talk about the budget for Fiscal Year 2019-2020.
Joined by County Commissioners Gerardo Jerry Morales, County Commissioner Pct.2 Rosy Cantu, Roberto Ruiz, and Maverick County Sheriff Tom Schmerber, Judge Saucedo discussed the excellent financial conditions of Maverick County. Judge Saucedo highlighted the great work of the Sheriff’s Department, thanking Sheriff Schmerber and the Detention Center for not only being self-sustained, but bringing in almost $3.2 million dollars in revenue. He added that two units and a transport van will be added to the Department, continuing years of progress and unit enhancements.
One of the major announcements of the press conference was the return of $1.28 million dollars to the Maverick County Airport after 15 years. This allows the county to receive $125,000 yearly for maintenance from FAA and opens up the opportunity to apply for funding for improvements.
Additional items discussed were utilization of funds by County Commissioners on new projects, including sprinkler systems for the Maverick County Lake, as well as approximately $2.7 million dollars of surplus for paving projects. Judge Saucedo also informed that the County will be eliminating two loan obligations, which will have a huge positive impact on the budget.
Judge Saucedo also discussed a 5% salary increase for Maverick County employees, adding that over the last 3 or 4 years, the administration has raised the minimum wage for county employees from $8 to $10.50 an hour. The County will also be matching retirement pay; the 7% taken out of their paycheck will be matched at $2.50 for every $1 that the employee puts into the system, compounded annually. Judge Saucedo also discussed the benefits of their health care system, naming it as one of the best insurances in the county.
Judge Saucedo commended the great coordination and teamwork among the County Auditor, Sheriff, County Commissioners, and employees through major projects and administration.