The Somervell County commissioners had just a few loose ends that needed to be tied down in their meeting last Friday, and the mission was accomplished.
The commissioners voted unanimously to make changes on a few relatively minor budget-related issues, including a needed adjustment to the county employee health insurance flexible spending plan to match the IRS limits, according to County Auditor Brian Watts.
“Previously we had set dollar amounts. We set it to mirror the IRS limits for the first time,” Watts explained.
After commissioners had an executive session, they voted for a couple of adjustments to the step and grade pay system. The changes assigned different grade levels to the investigators with the Sheriff’s Office as well as to Somervell County Fire Department paid staff members.
The commissioners accepted a revised contract with Burnet County to potentially house overflow prison inmates (male and female) from the Somervell County Jail if needed, marking a rise from $35 a day to $45 a day.
The commissioners also paid all of the county’s remaining bills before the start of the new fiscal year, which officially began on Sunday, Oct. 1.
The Commissioners Court usually has such a meeting just before that start date each year.
“We do that so we can clear out as many bills as we can, and get our checks cut and mailed,” Watts said.
The next Commissioners Court meeting will be a regular session scheduled for 9:30 a.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 10.