Concerns over county officials’ pay raises

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BROWNSVILLE, Texas – In less than eight days Cameron County Commissioners will vote on whether or not to increase their own salaries. Local 23’s Alfredo Cuadros is digging deeper on how your tax dollars are being spent.

Over $400,000 are on the line for Cameron County officials. On Saturday the county published a public notice detailing salaries, expenses and increases. However some community members, not so happy that their elected officials will be the voting on their own salary increase.

“It is completely tone deaf. The timing is ridiculous.”

County resident Raul Castillo has been vocal about what he calls corruption in the county government. Some of the controversy comes from a proposed $48,000 increase for County Judge Eddie Treviño and $32,000 for each commissioner.

For residents like Castillo it is a red flag.

“Then seeing one of your fellow brothers that was affected, in desperation, sends an email to Commissioner Gus Ruiz, and gets arrested for it. Then same commissioners say ‘by the way, we’re going to get a raise and you’re going to pay for it.'” says Castillo.

It’s been two days since we requested a public comment, and we have not received a notice from public officials. Local 23 did come across over 80 pages detailing the salary of every county official across the state in 2018. Comparisons will be made between Cameron County and other Valley counties and others in Texas.

The next meeting for this proposal will be on Tuesday, August 20. Public comment will be available at 9:00 a.m. in the Commissioners’ Courtroom.

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