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Sep 20, 2013 3:57 PM by Andrew Ellison - aellison@kristv.com

Kleberg Co. Officials Denied Raises

KINGSVILLE - Elected officials in Kleberg County were denied raises last night during a special hearing the at the courthouse.

10 elected officials filed grievances with the county several weeks ago demanding that their pay be increased by $14,000.

Officials including the County Treasurer, County Clerk, and County Attorney, demanded the raises because the Sheriff was budgeted to receive a $14,000 raise.

The grievance committee denied the raises, and the County Judge says the Sheriff's budgeted raise was a clerical error, and that his was denied as well.

He added that the county can't afford any raises right now anyway.

Leo Alarcon, the County Clerk, was one of the officials that grieved and says even though they didn't get the raises, they did send a message about fairness.

"If you give one elected that large amount of a raise, then by all means, you have to give everyone else, all the other elected officials, the same amount," he says.

The County Judge added that he and the County Commissioners still have to find a way to cut an additional $191,000 from the budget by next week, meaning they might have to cut personnel.

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