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Texas Official Wants Inmates To Replace 2 Workers

Updated: Sunday, August 17 2014, 04:03 PM CDT

At least one Central Texas county commissioner is looking at replacing two employees who do landscaping with prison inmates.

But McLennan County's proposed 2015 budget calls for adding new positions and restoring a 5 percent pay cut that elected officials took last year.

The Waco Tribune-Herald reports one of the employees is nearing retirement and the other has been with the county for five years. Each worker makes about $33,000 a year with benefits.

The budget proposal includes adding eight new employees at a cost of $433,000.

Commissioner Ben Perry says evaluating cost-saving options is what he owes constituents.

But the county's maintenance director says the employees have been consistently good performers and axing them isn't right.

Inmates already handle a variety of duties under sheriff's deputies' supervision.

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Texas Official Wants Inmates To Replace 2 Workers


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