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    News Article | July 20, 2022

    Salary Grievance

    Legal Guidance

    "Budget season can be very busy and stressful. We plan to increase the salaries of all elected officals by the same amount. To save on time, can the commissioners court provide a generic notice to all impacted elected officials at once or mention it at a meeting?"

    If the county passes a final budget without providing the statutory notice of a salary change to the impacted elected officials, what is the effect on the salary?

    The individual notice is mandatory. If the commissioners court fails to provide the required notice, the officeholder's salary remains fixed at the prior year's amount. This is the care whether the final budget would have increased or decreased the officer’s salary. For more information, see Tex. Att'y Gen. Op. No. GA-0620 (2008) or TAC's Salary Grievance Committee publication.