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Ellis County reviews infrastructure


ELLIS COUNTY—The rapid growth of the county has Ellis County Commissioners looking at its impact on the county’s infrastructure, resources, materials and personnel ahead of the first draft of next year’s budget. The more than $62 million budget goes into effect Oct. 1. Layne Grayson, Precinct 2, stated he would like for the county continue to move forward on road improvements to provide greater connectivity between cities and towns. But, to do that, proper planning for resources needs to be addressed. Grayson shared the costs of road material from suppliers is on the rise, which can limit the projects commissioners can complete. He added that he is proud of the work accomplished by Precinct 2 over the past year. Paul Perry, Precinct 3, shared Grayson’s thoughts about growing infrastructure needs and stressed the importance of retaining qualified staff in a competitive market. He explained that some of the steps the county is looking at to achieve this are to possibly cover the insurance increase for employees along with adding of a cost of living increase and incentive pay. Kyle Butler, Precinct 4, stated it has been a challenge to keep up with the growth. Butler added he couldn’t get into the specifics on the budget because the court has not yet finalized it. Randy Stinson, Precinct 1, stated he feels positive about the shape of his precinct going into next year’s budget with steps that were made to reduce costs. Stinson agreed with his fellow commissioners’ feelings about infrastructure needs and material costs, and will look at existing resources to address some of those to reduce cost.

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