GATESVILLE – Coryell County commissioners met Monday to try to whittle down a $1.7 million budget deficit, but before cutting any spending they agreed to create a county human resources position that could add up to $70,000 in spending.
County Judge John Firth said projected general fund revenues for fiscal year 2014 are $11.7 million, while proposed general fund expenditures total about $13.4 million.
Firth targeted seven “big ticket” spending requests for the commissioners to consider cutting including a $50,000 item earmarked for a human resource trainee on the county auditor’s staff.
After hearing a presentation from Diana Cecil, a human resources consultant with the Texas Association of Counties, the commissioners voted unanimously to add the position to next year’s budget.
Cecil said an HR manager could help the county with legal issues and liabilities and could improve the efficiency of getting employees into the system.
County Auditor Ben Roberts initially requested hiring a payroll clerk who would be trained in human resources.
After Cecil’s presentation, commissioners agreed the post should be filled by an experienced HR professional with a base salary up to $55,000, which with benefits could increase the slot to $70,000.