A number of Kleberg County employees who filed grievances asking for significant pay increases presented their arguments to a grievance committee Thursday night.
All requests for salary increases were denied.
It all began when the budget was set for the year and county commissioners were considering Sheriff Ed Mata's request for a $14,000 pay raise. This caused other elected officials in the county to ask for raises as well, including the county attorney, county clerk and county treasurer.
County commissioners ultimately voted against giving the sheriff a raise, but not before the other elected officials had filed a grievance. The grievance committee ruled on the matter Thursday night, after hearing from those requesting raises.
"We're getting $33,000. I remember back in the 80s, I was making $33,000 a year. Back in the 80s, when the gas was 50-cents a gallon," Precinct 3 Constable Cid Zavala said. "We're making $33,000 and the gas price, as well as the grocery prices, are going up. That's why I wanted to make the changes."
"It's gotten to a point were there is not a lot transparency when it comes to the budget process. We're just here to make sure everything is done correctly," said Melissa De La Garza, Kleberg County Tax Assessor-Collector. "We are not here for any other reason, to say that this person should get the raise and this person should not get the raise; but we just want to be heard."
In the end, the grievance committee ruled against all of the requests for raises, keeping all of the salaries the same across the board.
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