Commissioners raise own pay

Commissioners raise own pay

There are 86 comments on the El Paso Times story from Aug 21, 2008, titled Commissioners raise own pay. In it, El Paso Times reports that:

Members of the County Commissioners Court gave themselves pay raises of about $20,000 each for the coming fiscal year during its budget sessions Thursday afternoon.

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Karina V

El Paso, TX

#1 Aug 21, 2008
How many El Pasoans received a $20,000 pay raise this year ??
What is Fair is Fair

El Paso, TX

#2 Aug 22, 2008
Besides the Mayor and City Council, how many El Pasoans have to take as much crap as the County Commissioners do? It's about time, let real people get in there and perform the job, not a part time individual. Although, I would like to see them quit all other jobs and only focus on the Commisioner's position, but what's fair is fair. If you don't like the increased amount, then you run for a commissioner's position and change it.
Say what

United States

#3 Aug 22, 2008
You are in no way a CEO.
Your kidding

El Paso, TX

#4 Aug 22, 2008
Okay let me get this straight, raises of 20,000 but no money for services for the community? Yea I would like to earn what my counterparts do in other areas of the country but you don't see me giving myself a raise especially that much in todays economy. As to what is fair is fair, I can think of many jobs that people take as much or more crap than a commissioner. Try a teacher, a cop, a firefighter, a nurse, a paramedic, shall I go on? I have a friend that lost his job and know others who have worked for the county for 20 years who also lost their jobs due to lack of money. let me ask you if it is fair to them that they don't have a job but these idiots can give themselves a raise?? No I don't want to run for commissioner's position because I have morals and wouldn't do that to the people who entrusted me to do the right thing for the county.
Are You kidding me

United States

#5 Aug 22, 2008
This is a ridiculous amount of increase, and somebody needs to investigate. How is that they can receive a 35% increase, yet there is still unemployment in El Paso, and Combat veterans who need help with financial and hospital bills becuase of injuries sustained during combat. People of El Paso, remember where this increase is coming from, money just doesn't appear, it comes from our pockets!
kerrt mejohn

Brownsville, TX

#6 Aug 22, 2008
Indict them all. They're a bunch of thieves. All those crooked clowns belong in JAIL. They only think of themselves.
Anon

El Paso, TX

#7 Aug 22, 2008
Nice... they give themselves raises, yet they are talking about cutting multiple jobs within the county system.
Giovanna

El Paso, TX

#8 Aug 22, 2008
While the rest of us only get 1 to 6% cost of living increases in our salaries, county commissioners court receives a 35% increase? That's outrageous!

Then they justify it by saying that "they are comparable to the rest of the state". Well of course not! We get paid less per capita because we're a border city.

How can commissioners court expect to be like the rest of the state if we're on a lower paying scale than Dallas or Houston or any other city that pays more per capita in taxes as well as salary than El Paso?

Vote, great and honest people of El Paso, and lets get these self-serving greedy civil servants that we voted for in good conscience out of office.
its criminal

Brownsville, TX

#9 Aug 22, 2008
Thieves! They should be arrested and their pictures posted on the PD website. Theres no difference between them and the rest of the criminal being posted there. Why not give the the minimum wage county worker a 35 percent increase, the real people who run this city!
GangOfFive

AOL

#10 Aug 22, 2008
Veronica Escobar is no different than the rest of them. Her vote to raise her own pay was disappointing. So sad.
efw

El Paso, TX

#11 Aug 22, 2008
You expected something different from Comm. Escobar. Give us a break.
efw

El Paso, TX

#12 Aug 22, 2008
BTW Escobar ran out before the vote was taken. She didn't have it in here to say no to a 35% raise. Now that the raise is getting attention she is saying she wasn't in favor of it yet she couldn't find time to vote against it.
Good grief

El Paso, TX

#13 Aug 22, 2008
Aye! Willie Gandara Jr.! Looks like you're coming on board at just the right time! Papa Gandara is so proud of you! Aye, aye, aye!
Concern

El Paso, TX

#14 Aug 22, 2008
They have nothing to loose!
Fed up

Saint Louis, MO

#15 Aug 22, 2008
If Cobos thinks he is a CEO than lets fire his ass for not producing. I think its time for a recall, someone needs to get this going and announce were it will be around the city to get votes. I think Ciobos is needing the extra money to pay for his attorney when he gets indicited by the Feds! Time for them all to see what unemployment pays!!!!!!!!!!
David

Arlington, TX

#16 Aug 22, 2008
Correction:
The median income for a household in the county was $31,051, and the median income for a family was $33,410. Males had a median income of $26,882 versus $20,722 for females. The per capita income for the county was $13,421. About 20.50% of families and 23.80% of the population were below the poverty line, including 31.50% of those under age 18 and 18.50% of those age 65 or over.

“"El Narco-Santo"”

Since: Jun 08

Culiacan, Mexico

#17 Aug 22, 2008
"The county judge and Commissioners Court have not seen a reasonable pay increase, and I don't believe they are comparable to the rest of the state," Cobos said. "The county judge and Commissioners Court are the lowest paid per capita in the state"
...well judge, you have to take into consideration the "lump sum payments" you and the rest of the losers have received from "certain" individuals over the years. that in itself would put our commisioners court way over the state and national average! haha!.....you can almost hear the prison door slamming!
DRIS

El Paso, TX

#18 Aug 22, 2008
Here we go again, the commissioners court actually putting themselves first and above the public. How in the world can they give themselves a huge pay raise and neglect the county employees? In times like today, with high gas prices and the economy declining, how ca their pay raises be justified. Do they think they're the only one effected by these hard times. It's time the entire commmissioners court are replaced by others that place the public first and above their greed. NEVER TRUST THE GOVERNMENT,they look out only for themselves.
RECALL

Dallas, TX

#19 Aug 22, 2008
Can El Pasoans do a recall? Is it too late? This is absurd.
PDog

United States

#20 Aug 22, 2008
All politics are local - wise up.

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