In the coming weeks a new column will begin to unfold. In the loss of our most illustrious Gadfly; The Star will not make any attempt to try and fill Bev’s Red High Heels, however we remain committed to her mission – all you hogs feeding at the public trough…. We are watching you…And will be tell’n!
While we have ideas and are working on some of Bev’s directives, what we want to know is … what do the folks of Fort Bend County really want to know? Are there issues you want investigated? Remember, We the People are the government; it works for us and must be accountable. Let us know what you are interested in hearing.
Want to know how many miles your commissioner claims on his car allowance? Or how about why the County orders so many cars and they just sit back at the vehicle maintenance facility as the warranty runs out before they ever hit the road? Ever wonder about the elusive Contract Deputy program? How is your school? School Board? How about local /city government? Good or bad, let us know what you want to know.
Is there something that does not pass the scratch and sniff test? Let us know we will check it out. A recently received letter asked that we find out just how elected officials can justify bumping their salaries again after in 2007 they gave themselves raises ranging from 8.91% for the County Attorney to 17.88% for the County Judge, fast forward to 2014 and they again are looking at a proposed 11% pay raise for themselves, based of course, on the State Judges salary formula.
Did we mention, during that same time in 2007 County employees were given a 3.35% raise quickly followed by an increase in their insurance that was dangerously close to their windfall? According to documents received by the Star, from 2008 – 2011, no raises were granted. Now as the economy appears to be rebounding, county employees were gifted a onetime bonus of $750 in 2012 ($28 per pay check before taxes), a 2.35% step boost in 2013 and there are proposals that are yet to be ratified for 2014.
That being said, what Commissioners are proposing for the workers of Fort Bend County pales in comparison to what they have on tap for themselves. We will keep you posted as the ripples fade and the real numbers surface.
While Bev and her Burner have been laid to rest, her mission remains our purpose and we are dedicated to being the voice of We the People; all the people. Speak up and tell us what you want to know.
Send questions or inquiries to LeaAnne Klentzman
Fort Bend Star
4655 Techniplex Dr. Suite 300
Stafford Texas 77477