The Chaves County commissioners unanimously approved an interim $45 million budget on Wednesday morning that includes several new positions and a cost-of-living adjustment for all county employees for the first time in three years.
The $44,889,112 interim budget for the 2014-15 fiscal year adds seven new full-time positions for the new Çhaves County Detention Center that is under construction, while eliminating the county’s indigent health care position, which has been vacant and is no longer necessary with the state’s expansion of Medicaid.
The county’s personnel roster will increase from its current 248 employees to 254 employees as of July 1, according to the interim budget.
The commissioners are expected to approve a final budget in July. The first of July marks the start of the county’s fiscal year.
More county employees have not been added to the county’s payroll in a decade, said county manager Stanton Riggs.
“This is the first year in 10 years we’re actually going to be adding positions,” Riggs said. “It’s all because of the jail.”
The $15 million jail renovation is expected to be completed next year. The county’s interim budget adds four jail positions in July and three more in January.
Eventually, six more new county employees will be needed to staff the jail, said Commissioner Greg Nibert, who said the county spends more than a third of its annual budget on Login to read more