Orange County Commissioners met Tuesday and approved a cost of living raise for county employees. County Judge John Gothia announced a $1 an hour raise for full-time employees and a .50 an hour raise for part-time employees starting in October.
Orange County Emergency Management Coordinator Joel Ardoin announced a slight increase in Covid cases. He said there were 139 new cases reported last week with one in the hospital and one on a vent. Commissioner Johnny Trahan said, “It’s been a while since we had one on a vent, right?” and Ardoin agreed.
Commissioners discussed adding larger generators to the Expo Center on FM1442 which is also used as the command center during natural disasters. The generators and maintenance would include an agreement with Entergy.
Commissioners also released a public hearing notice for Tuesday, Aug. 23 at 1pm at the Commissioners Courtroom. This is a public hearing on the proposed 2022-23 OC Budget. This budget will raise more total property taxes from last year’s budget by $4,396,742.00 or 14%, and of that amount $303,618 is tax revenue to be raised from new property added to the tax roll this year. Any taxpayer of the county may attend and participate in the hearing.