Cameron County heads requesting more people, money

BROWNSVILLE — Cameron County’s 2016-2017 fiscal year budget is still being drafted, but the early numbers indicate an increase in general fund spending.

This is largely because of departmental requests for additional personnel and salary increases for employees.

County administration is proposing a budget of $84,324,356 for the general fund, which encompasses maintenance and operations and salaries.

In comparison, the county spent $83,226,577 in 2015.

County Administrator David Garcia said the budget largely encompasses three areas: maintenance and operations, additional personnel and salary increases.

The budget is based on historical data that county officials have observed throughout the years. Equipment and operation expenditures tend to change very little, Garcia said.

Departmental projects are typically covered by grants and not the budget, Garcia added.

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