Let the County Commissioner’s Know What You Think of Their Raises

Per the (great) request of one of our followers, we are posting contact information (phone numbers, emails and social media accounts that we could find) for all of the County Commissioners and the Count Judge.  Please take a moment before their next meeting on Monday to let them know what YOU think about the raise they just gave themselves with YOUR money:

Veronica Escobar, County Judge:  CountyJudge@epcounty.com, (915) 546-2098, Twitter: @vgescobar, Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/veronica.escobar.3998?fref=ts (Personal), https://www.facebook.com/Veronica-Escobar-for-County-Judge-261548845154/?fref=ts

Carlos Leon, Precinct 1:  Commissioner1@epcounty.com, (915) 546-2014, Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/County-Commissioner-Carlos-Leon-155827997861915/?fref=ts

David Stout, Precinct 2:  Commissioner2@epcounty.com, (915) 546-2111, Twitter: @CommStout, Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/CommissionerDavidStout/?fref=ts

Vincent Perez, Precinct 3:  commissioner3@epcounty.com, (915) 546-2144, Twitter: @VinceMPerez, Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/vincentmperez?fref=ts

Andrew Haggerty, Precinct 4commissioner4@epcounty.com, (915) 546-2044, Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/countycommissioner4/?fref=ts

After all, as we stated in our article, You’re the Boss, they work for you, not the other way around.

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5 thoughts on “Let the County Commissioner’s Know What You Think of Their Raises

  1. I did send emails to Escobar and to my precinct’s rep. Here’s Escobar’s response:
    Thank you for contacting me. I want to provide you with some context for the raises.

    Several years ago we engaged in a salary reclassification process to bring up county employees to market as closely as we could. It was a long-term process with significant investment on our part. We said the last groups to be evaluated would be the lawyers and the elected officials.

    We have gone through a significant number of employees and departments during the reclassification process, and the lawyers salaries will be adjusted this budget cycle. The consultant looked at the elected officials’ salaries as we had all agreed to do in the later years of the reclassification.

    He found that all county elected officials salaries have been adjusted over the years to make them within range of market except for two groups: constables and commissioners court.

    We adjusted both of those to 70% of market instead of 100% (in order to account for El Paso’s lower cost of living and lower median income). So this is NOT 100% of what similar positions in other communities are earning.

    The end result is that your commissioners are now making what their Fleet Manager, IT Help Desk employee, and other managers are making at the County. Your county judge is making what some of your lower-end, entry-level department heads are making. The salaries for the elected officials are now more aligned with duties and responsibilities they have. I voted against giving myself a raise because I just couldn’t bring myself to vote yes. And FYI, the county judge salary is still below what the salary was 6 years ago (not by much – by about $4k).

    You may not agree, but my perspective is that people should be paid commensurate to their duties and responsibilities.

    I’m sure this information doesn’t make the decision more palatable to you, and I understand.

    Finally, you should know that we will be adopting either the effective tax rate or be going below the current tax rate (for a tax decrease) this year again. If we do the latter, many El Pasoans will again this year see a reduction on their tax bill from the County.

    If you have any questions, please feel free to call or respond to this email.

    Thank you
    Veronica Escobar

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    1. Interesting that she claiming that they won’t be raising property taxes when UMC is predicting a $15 million loss – how are they going to possibly cover that? They have very few options: raise property taxes, fire people and reduce services, or go further into debt (by using lines of credit – this option just kicks the problem further down the road). Also, if she didn’t want the raise she could refuse it and donate it back to the city – you notice she hasn’t mentioned doing that AT ALL.

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      1. They will do what they always done go in the back door of the EPCAD and raise appraisal values and claim they did not raise your taxes. Also Vero got in from of media telling El Paso how they found and saved money. Only to spend some of it on them selves. This was all done to justify their raise and not to reduce the taxation by the county or it’s debt. Once again CCC is playing slight of hand and think most in El Paso are to stupid to get what they are doing. Then again sadly starting to believe they just maybe right and El Paso deserves being played since most say nothing about being taken by their elected officials.

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  2. This is a an open records request to the County of El Paso Texas
    8/15/2016
    Requesting all correspondence, mail, e-mails, text messages, fax and supporting documents and communications, which may be in all forms paper, electronic, fax, hand written, between, El Paso County Attorney, County Commissioners and Judge Escobar for raises for El Paso County Commissioners and County Judge passed by the El Paso County Commissioners Court in August of 2016. Also all meeting minutes public and executive session to the discussions , as allowed under law, of the above said pay raise for said members. This request also is not only for requested information from El Paso County owned devices and servers and e-mails, social media accounts but in addition from all private devices, servers and e-mails, social media accounts , of the County Attorney, County Commissioners and County Judge where the raises for these County officials were discussed. Also copy of the contract for the Company and supporting documents for supporting study for these elected officials raise and cost of said study.
    We request all information requested in electronic form such as DVD, CD or by e-mail in PDF form. Also request of cost for requested information.
    Thomas Dorman

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  3. Here’s my letter to all of them:

    I am appalled that you voted to give yourself raises. We, the taxpayers, are demanding you rescind this raise immediately.

    Veronica, I do not want to hear any of your BS about why you deserve more money. You do not work hard. You have a lot of free time to meddle in everyone else’s business, so obviously you do not have enough work to do. Your salary is more than enough for what you do. You knew the salary when you ran. Live with it!

    Vince, your reasonings are ridiculous.

    We are the lowest paid in Texas, even along border counties” – OUR COST OF LIVING IS ALSO LOWER. MY SALARY, ALONG WITH ALMOST ALL OF EL PASO, IS ALSO LOWER THAN OTHER BORDER CITIES AND COUNTIES.
    If salaries don’t rise for elected officials, it will get to a point that the only people who run for office are those who can afford to. – SO YOU ARE SAYING YOU CANNOT LIVE ON $62,000 A YEAR???? SERIOUSLY???? THEN GET YOUR HANDS OFF THE TAXPAYER MONEY AS THIS PROVES YOU DO NOT KNOW HOW TO BUDGET. YOU ARE SINGLE AND WHEN YOU MARRY, YOU WILL HAVE TWO INCOMES. I SUPPORT 4 CHILDREN ON UNDER $50,000 A YEAR WITHOUT ANY TYPE OF HELP. IT IS CALLED BUDGETING AND LIVING WITHIN YOUR MEANS. I ACTUALLY CONSIDER MYSELF FORTUNATE COMPARED TO MANY IN EL PASO.
    Do we want to limit public service to those individuals who have some source of supplemental income? We need to encourage a broader group of people to run, not just those who are retired or is individually wealthy. – I KNOW OF MANY, MANY PEOPLE WHO ARE NEITHER INVIDIDUALLY WEALTHY OR RETIRED WHO WOULD LOVE TO EARN $62,000.
    The rise in salary will also help attract more qualified individuals. – SO YOU ARE SAYING NONE OF YOU ARE QUALIFIED FOR YOUR POSITIONS??? RESIGN IMMEDIATELY!
    Commissioners deal with a $350 million budget. – WELL, IF YOU CAN’T LIVE ON $62,000 A YEAR IN EL PASO, YOU HAVE NO BUSINESS DEALING WITH A $350 MILLION BUDGET. COME ON, WHO ARE YOU KIDDING? YOU DO NOT PERSONALLY DEAL WITH THE BUDGET. ROFLMAO
    The raise is still 70 percent below the market value of the state. – AND EL PASO’S MEDIAN INCOME IS WELL BELOW THE MARKET VALUE OF THE STATE AS IS THE COST OF LIVING SO BITE THE DAMN BULLET.

    Andrew, you abstained because your dear old uncle is getting a hefty raise he does not deserve, but you still support the raise. Maybe you should remember your OTHER uncle’s words – the job is part-time at best. Shame on you!

    David, what can we say? We all know about you and your little agenda.

    Carlos, the only sane one of the bunch. Thank you, sir.

    You all REALLY think the positions deserve these raises? FINE, MAKE IT EFFECTIVE WHEN YOU LEAVE OFFICE.

    Why do the county commissioners get to vote themselves a raise? Why is it not like city officials where any raises need to go to the voters?

    The majority of El Pasoans are against these raises. Put a stop to it now!

    REMEMBER, YOU WORK FOR THE TAXPAYERS, NOT THE OTHER WAY AROUND!

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