Most county elected and appointed officials to see 2.5 percent pay increase

When the Hood County Commissioners Court adopts the budget for the 2013-2014 fiscal year, it is expected to include pay increases of 2.5 percent for elected and appointed officials similar to standard increases for rank-and-file employees. Salaries for District Judge Ralph Walton, county Court-at-Law Judge Vincent Messina and County Attorney Lori Kaspar will be increased by $15,000, but that has to do with statewide increases and funding that comes from the state, not the county, commissioners said. A list of proposed salaries for county elected officials will be published in the Saturday, Aug. 17, issue of the Hood County News.