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.

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