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TipSheet: Travis County Commissioners 3.31

Tuesday, March 31, 2015 by Caleb Pritchard

The Travis County Commissioners Court meets at 9 a.m. Tuesday. In the interest of space, we’ve decided not to post the entire agenda here. The County Clerk’s office hosts a copy at its website.

Items of interest include:

11. Consider and take appropriate action on: a. The resignation effective March 31, 2015, of the Acting County Executive of Planning and Budget Office (PBO); and b. Appointing an Interim County Executive of PBO. (Judge Eckhardt)

Monitor’s Take: Acting County Executive LeRoy Nellis submitted last week his letter of resignation, effective Tuesday. With this item, commissioners will appoint his temporary successor. In Item 12, they’ll vote to begin the process to find a permanent leader of the PBO, which is in the early stages right now of developing the budget for the next fiscal year.

14. Consider and take appropriate action on the results of the law enforcement market studies. (Judge Eckhardt & Commissioner Gómez)

Monitor’s Take: Speaking of the next budget, this item contains the results of a study commissioned last year by the Court that compares Travis County Sheriff’s Office salaries with peer divisions across the state. Backup materials reveal that, on average, Travis County deputies earn almost 11 percent more than their colleagues in other jurisdictions.

26. Consider and take appropriate action on a request to authorize using $495,000.00 from Precinct Four’s 2001 Road Bond Surplus Investment Income for Elroy Road at FM 812 Improvements in Precinct Four. (Commissioner Gómez)

Monitor’s Take: This money will help pay for a road expansion project near the Circuit of the Americas racetrack. The project would add one new southbound lane to Elroy Road from FM 812 to the track’s parking lot. The Court approved $750,000 for project in 2013 and this new round of money will cover a budget shortfall.

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Travis County Commissioners Court: The legislative body for Travis County. It includes representatives from the four Travis County Precincts, as well as the County Judge. The County Judge serves as the chair of the Court.

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