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Killeen will increase its pay for election workers by $1.50, pending City Council approval.

Kathy Davis, city attorney, said the ordinance amendment before the council awaiting approval will increase pay for election judges from $8.50 per hour to $10 per hour.

According to the memorandum given to the council, City Secretary Dianna Barker polled surrounding cities to determine how much their election workers were being paid.

“(The city secretary) has determined that the City of Killeen is not competitive in (its) pay to election workers. In order to recruit eligible clerks and to keep competitive with surrounding cities, the hourly rate should be increased,” the memorandum stated.

Davis said the amendment to the ordinance will also change some precinct numbers to match the Bell County Election District’s numbers. The county combined Precinct 401 with Precinct 407 and renamed the entire precinct 401. Davis said to keep current with the county, the city will change its Precinct 407 to Precinct 401.

She said the change will not affect Killeen boundary lines, but is a “housekeeping” matter. Voters will still report to the same locations to vote.

Davis said the city filled all its election judge and alternate judge vacancies for the upcoming municipal election.

Early voting for the May 10 election is slated for April 28 through May 6.

The council will vote on the precinct change and increasing election worker pay at its 5 p.m. regular meeting Tuesday.

Contact Natalie Stewart at nstewart@kdhnews.com or 254-501-7555

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