Three more Young County offices made their proposals before the Commissioners Court last Tuesday as the self-assigned August 25 deadline to complete the county budget approaches.

The actual state mandated deadline to hand in a finished county budget is Sept. 30, the day before the new 2015 fiscal year, but county officials are confident they can round it out a month sooner.

Tuesday afternoon, July 22, the Young County Judge, Tax Assessor and District Clerk each made their budget presentations before the court, and aside from requests for more continuing education, most line items decreased in funding or stayed the same.

As outgoing District Clerk Jamye Rogers presented his office’s needs to the court, incoming District Clerk Jamie Land was also in attendance and gave notes on office needs in preparation for her transition into the job Jan. 1.

“Basically, the only change that Jamye Rogers requested was in the part time line, and that was to reflect a change we had made a year ago to provide for $12 an hour maximum pay for part time help,” County Judge John Bullock said. “So he’s increased that line to reflect that same number of hours at $12 an hour rather than $10 an hour.”

Bullock said that commissioners did increase funding for education in the district clerk’s office from $3,000 to $4,800 because Land will be a new clerk and the office staff has less than four years of experience collectively.

“The other increases were just kind of due to office changes,” Bullock said. “Like the bond expense was going to be a little bit more because of the new, incoming district clerk who will be bonded for a four year period.”

Aside from Rogers, Bullock made a presentation of his own and continued the trend of increasing education funds for county employees.

“In my presentation, we added a slight amount to the education,” he said. “We added $250. It was $2,750 and we raised it to $3,000.”

The county judge also requested an additional $10,000 for an emergency contingency fund.

Read the entire story in Wednesday's Graham Leader.