Brooks County officials are scrambling to make major cuts in their budget, getting rid of positions to try and save money wherever they can as they work through major financial troubles.
A budget meeting was held Wednesday at the Brooks County Courthouse as county commissioners looked to cut their $4 million budget in half.
The cuts are going to have an impact on lots of people. So far, 16 positions have already been eliminated.
"I lost my court manager in the county judge's office," Brooks County Judge Raul Ramirez said. "We have eliminated a position in the county clerk, district clerk, basically -- basically every elected official has given up an employee. We've combined offices, like the 911 office will be housed in my office now."
Commissioners went through the budget line-by-line, looking at everything from office supplies to benefits. They are considering approving a 10-percent, across the board pay cut for elected officials, and a three-percent pay cut for employees.
"It shouldn't have got to this point, but there's people that we feel like they did us wrong," District Clerk Noe Guerra said. "I'm saying the commissioners court. I really feel like, you know, their mismanagement. I'm just saying the over spending."
Judge Ramirez said the reason for the decline in revenue and taxable income is 90-percent due to the lack of oil and gas production in Brooks County. He said the county is oil and gas dependent, and they are losing that business to the Eagle Ford Shale play, which they are not a part of.
The judge also said the cost of having to recover the bodies of illegal immigrants that have died in the county, as well as paying for autopsies to be performed on them, has had a significant economic impact on the county's finances.
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