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Sep 19, 2013 7:41 PM

Kleberg County Appraisal Board Votes Against Hiring Contractor

KINGSVILLE - Employees in the Kleberg County Appraisal District can finally breath easy tonight knowing their jobs are safe.

For months, the appraisal board was considering hiring a private company to run the district.

Employees at the district were worried the board would vote to go with that private company and that they would take over all operations. Essentially meaning most employees might not be needed anymore. But in the end the board decided not to.

"I'm just very relieved at what took place. I think it was the right thing for this district," chief appraiser Tina Flores says.

"Very stressful. As I said, one employee left because she couldn't handle the stress anymore. Not knowing,
going back and forth, trying to determine If they could provide for their families or not," she added.

A roughly year long nightmare is over. 9 jobs are safe.
The board voted not to hire Wardlaw appraisals, a private company that would have gotten $675,000 a year to run the district. They've done similar services for other small counties in Texas.

The board wanted to save money.

But those savings just weren't enough. The board would only save $4,000 a year by switching and they didn't think that was worth putting all those jobs in jeopardy.

"Simply put, when you compare 9 jobs in the community compared to $4,000 in savings, it just didn't equate," board member Al Garcia says.

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