Commissioners eyeing budget shortfall
CAMERON—All levels of government are in cost-cutting modes and Milam County government is no exception.
Count y Judge Dave Barkemeyer has predicted Milam faces up to a $1.5-million budget shortfall and is requesting officials to find ways to cut costs and come in under budget.
Commissioners considered a hiring resolution during Monday’s session, essentially calling for a hiring freeze, but did not pass the resolution.
“I don’t think we can legally do that,” Precinct 3 Commissioner Dale Jaecks said. “Once we’ve passed a budget I don’t think we can tell department heads who to hire.”
Barkemeyer noted that health insurance costs continue to skyrocket.
Commissioners on Monday voted to send health insurance bids to a committee for review.
BAILIFF—Commissioners voted to hire a part-time bailiff for the courthouse.
Commissioners will discuss with Sheriff David Greene at their next meeting the feasibility of having a jailer used for 20-30 hours as a courthouse bailiff.
In other business, commissioners:
• Decided to open bids April 11 for a courthouse surveillance system.