I officially have no idea how things work in our local county government.
At yesterday's commissioners court meeting, Tax Assessor/Collector Patricia Barrera asked the court to approve the salary of one of her employees who had been in training for months. This person was started at $12 an hour while she learned the payroll ropes. Now that she's able to handle the work on her own, she qualifies for $14.51 an hour.
According to Barrera, the higher pay was an original budgeted salary. Three commissioners didn't see it that way. To them, it was a raise, and raises have been frozen because of the economy's downturn. I have no idea who's right, so perhaps somebody could enlighten me.
In any case, I always like seeing exchanges between Barrera and the commissioners. It's always a lively event. Check it out.