Waco, Texas — On the surface, it seemed like an obvious solution to the budget problem in McLennan County. One commissioner suggested cutting the county judge and commissioners' pay to help balance the financial deficit. But, after further investigation, this proposal may not be the only remedy to the problem.
"So, there's only two ways to balance the budget. That's either to make cuts to expenditures or increase taxes," said Precinct 4 Commissioner Ben Perry.
Last Wednesday, Perry proposed cutting the county judge and commissioners' salaries by percent percent to "get back on the good foot". He hoped it could show taxpayers that the county's officials are willing to sacrifice to help make ends meet.
"Until we reach those two goals: a balanced budget and a 25% fund balance of expenditures, the pay cut that we'll experience, we don't get that back until we meet these goals. We have to hold ourselves accountable," said Perry.
Perry said once the county reached its budget goals, everyone could receive their 5% pay cuts again.
"I had hoped it could be in a three to four year period, but considering the situation that we're faced with, this budget period, it could be a four to five year time frame," said Perry.
Now commissioners are looking into potential revenues that haven't been collected from county constables to add to the budget. To review their finances further, the constables have been asked to attend a budget workshop Wednesday at the county courthouse.