Bexar County commissioners agree to help with water bill, raise county wages

Bexar County commissioners on Tuesday permitted the launch of a federally backed low-income family water help program.

The roughly $3.8 million program supported by COVID aid funds will run by subsequent March.

COVID-19 has destroyed the household’s revenue. The San Antonio Water System reported that on the finish of Could there have been 19,000 water prospects within the county with overdue payments.

County Financial and Group Improvement Govt David Marques stated this system needs to be arrange by the SAWS system that identifies who’s eligible to obtain help.

“Our purpose is to start out taking requests, and that is once more contingent on SAWS having the ability to get us into their system someday in July,” he stated.

The opposite water invoice consists of 26 suburban cities within the province.

The county has already permitted tens of millions of federal aid {dollars} to assist residents with different emergency family prices because the begin of the pandemic.

In one other measure, commissioners permitted a 5% pay elevate for the county’s 5,000 workers because of inflation.

The pay improve will seem beginning along with your paycheck on July 31. Some county retirees have additionally contacted commissioners to demand a cost-of-living adjustment for his or her pensions in the course of the subsequent funds cycle.

Attorneys for the Lawyer Basic’s workplace, similar to Andrew Fields, have additionally informed the Commissioners that they’re dropping prosecutors due to decrease wages.

“They go to civilian companies. They go to different counties. And I’ve seen extra holidays prior to now few months and years than I’ve seen in my skilled life. In actual fact, I perceive we have misplaced 27 attorneys normal prior to now six months now.”

District Lawyer Joe Gonzalez has requested commissioners to contemplate rising his workers’ salaries in the course of the subsequent funds cycle.

The pay improve won’t go to elected officers or county administrator David Smith, who has a separate contract with the county.

Commissioners additionally permitted Tuesday an instantaneous ban on the sale of fireworks which might be finned rockets or stick rockets as fire-prone situations stay.
for dehydration.

Fireplace District Administrator Chris Lopez stated he’s involved about different aerial fireworks in the course of the Fourth of July, however the legislation doesn’t permit for additional motion.

“I get questions on mortars and these sorts of issues, proper now, with our statute, we will not however not less than that provides us somewhat assist in that space,” he stated.

Half 1,000,000 residents reside within the county, the place many massive subdivisions help pastures or different rural properties the place wildfires could also be attainable.

In different actions, commissioners permitted 140,000 hours of time beyond regulation pay for county jail employees by September. Whereas the retention charge of custodians has improved, different components exacerbate staffing prices.

Instances of COVID-19 are rising once more, affecting workers, and Sheriff Javier Salazar stated 795 inmates needs to be held elsewhere, similar to in drug abuse or psychological well being amenities or in state prisons, however that they haven’t been arrested by the Felony Justice Division.

“Sadly, in Texas, we have now finished a very poor job of constructing a psychological well being household. And we have now finished an ideal job sadly, I say this tongue in cheek, to criminalize homelessness and psychological well being. We’ve finished an overreliance on prisons in Texas to repair all our issues.”

Commissioner Rebecca Clay Flores stated the state ought to choose up the county’s time beyond regulation pay tab since they proceed to chop cash for psychological well being. The county spends tens of tens of millions of {dollars} in jail every year.

The commissioners additionally issued a proclamation recognizing the fiftieth anniversary of Somerset’s founding in southwest Bexar County. Its founders referred to as it Somerset, Kentucky. It grew up as an agricultural and cattle ranching neighborhood and later added oil manufacturing to its industries.

The commissioners additionally launched an announcement honoring native boxer Jesse “Pam” Rodriguez, the WBC tremendous flyweight champion, not too long ago on the age of twenty-two.