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Fort Bend County, At Large
By Cheryl Skinner

This column expresses the personal opinions/views of the writer. If you would like to express your opinions/views regarding the column, write a SIGNED letter to the editor. Name can be withheld by request with a valid day time phone number.


Fort Bend County Commissioners set the salaries for elected officials and there will be no raises again this year.

Several years ago, if you remember, the court voted a hefty increase in elected officials salaries with the promise they would not seek another raise until the state boosted the salaries of the state district judges.

The state traditionally waits years in between raises for those judges and the county officials agreed to tie their raises in with those of the judges.

They justified the bigger than normal raises on the consensus that they wouldn’t be getting another raise in at least four or five years.

They are keeping the promise.

Judge McMeans gets a boost in pay

County Court at Law Judge Walter McMeans will be getting a boost in pay.

McMeans requested state mandated longevity pay last week and the court had no option but to grant his wish.

In actuality, McMeans should have been receiving the boost in pay starting last June.

However, it was overlooked.

It seems the state has a law mandating longevity pay for any judge who sits on the bench for over 16 years and McMeans fills that bill.

McMeans also requested six percent interest on the unpaid funds since June.

While court members were duty bound to pay the $3,840 per year to McMeans, they joked about the interest on the amount that was requested from the judge.

One court member said they could just take up a collection to get the few dollars in interest that was requested by McMeans.

Burn ban definitely no more

Fort Bend County Judge Bob Hebert announced last week that the burn ban is now officially over.

After months without measurable rain and dangerously dry conditions, the county has been receiving inches and inches of the wet stuff.

So, Hebert made a point to officially lift the ban.

You can now burn trash outside, when the sky clears.


Contact skinnerc1@tconline.net, if you would like to express your opinions/views regarding the column. Write a SIGNED letter to the editor with valid day time phone number--name can be withheld by request.

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