Comal County looking at $15.5M budget increase for 2019


Comal County Judge Sherman Krause proposed an increase in the budget for 2019. The county’s commissioners court heard a presentation surrounding the budget at its Aug. 2 meeting.

The recommended budget for 2019 sits at $108,847,942, an increase from the 2018 adopted budget of $93,321,473.

The recommended budget would allow for 76 new county employees, many of which would come on board late in 2019 to provide staffing at the new jail and sherriffs office and renovated Landa and Annex buildings. A majority of the new employment opportunities, totaling 59, are corrections officer positions.

The proposed budget also includes a 3 percent cost-of-living adjustment for all county employees and an additional 3 percent salary adjustment for the four county commissioners.

Additional expenditures include:

  • $700,000 that would go toward improvements to the Henry property—the land next to the new jail site that the county purchased last year.
  • the first $1.5 million of an expected $6.5 million investment for new radio equipment for the Sheriff’s Office.
  • a $500,000 allocation for new election equipment, which will be the first increment on an estimated $1.5 million investment.

If adopted Aug. 21, the $15.5 million budget increase would not impact the county tax rate, which will remain at $.357921 per $100 property valuation if adopted Aug. 21. View the county’s budget calendar for public hearing dates.

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Rachel Nelson
Rachel Nelson is editor of the New Braunfels edition of Community Impact Newspaper. She covers local business, new development, city and county government, health care, education and transportation. Rachel relocated to Central Texas from Amarillo in 2009 and is a graduate of Texas State University's School of Journalism and Mass Communication.
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