In a time when gas prices are lower than they have been in years, the Grayson County Magistrates voted themselves a change in the way they are paid mileage expenses. This change will increase the amount the receive by around $100 a month.
During the regularly scheduled Fiscal Court meeting on Friday, Feb. 19, a motion was made to change the way the magistrates are reimbursed for their mileage.
In the past, the magistrates logged the miles they traveled each month and turned in that report to the county treasurer. They were then reimbursed $.45 a mile for their expenses at an average of $300 to $400 per month.
Now, with the current change, the magistrates will no longer keep track of the miles but will simply receive $500 a month.
First District Magistrate Harold Johnson, who made the motion to change the way the magistrates were paid for their travels, said, “I checked with several other counties, and we make less than most of them.”
After the motion was seconded, a brief discussion took place. Johnson then explained that the difference was about $100 a month for each magistrate, and there would be less paperwork for the magistrates to keep track of each month.
The motion was put to a vote and passed four to two. Johnson, Second District Magistrate Presto Gary, Third District Magistrate Bill Skaggs, and Fourth District Magistrate Curtis Wells voted in favor of the change. Fifth District Magistrate Brad Brown and Sixth District Magistrate Jason Dennis voted no.
In other business:
• Gina Carnes will replace Kevin Brooks on the county tourism board
• The revenue statement from the Grayson County Clerk Sherry Weedman was reviewed and accepted. Weedman’s receipts totaled $5,144,413,.91 and expenses for the year were $4,962,643.42. This allowed Weedman to turn $181,770.49 back into the county.
• The revenue statement from the Grayson County Sheriff Norman Chaffins was reviewed and accepted. Chaffins’ receipts totaled $1,012,386.78 and expenses totaled $1,004,050.40. This allowed Chaffins to turn $8,336.38 back into the county.
Reach Theresa Armstrong at 270-259-9622, ext. 2011.