Commissioners pass emergency pay for county workers

Posted 3/24/20

Madison County employees, both full-time and part-time, who miss work due to the COVID-19 crisis will be paid for up to 10 working days, according to an addendum to the county’s employee handbook approved Monday by county commissioners at their regularly scheduled meeting.

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Commissioners pass emergency pay for county workers

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Madison County employees, both full-time and part-time, who miss work due to the COVID-19 crisis will be paid for up to 10 working days, according to an addendum to the county’s employee handbook approved Monday by county commissioners at their regularly scheduled meeting.

The addendum is limited to the current coronavirus crisis, providing up to 10 days of emergency administrative pay without requiring the use of sick leave or other personal time off.

Other absences will require accumulated paid time off, according to Tony Joyner, Madison County Auditor.

Monday’s meeting of commissioners revolved mostly around the response to the novel coronavirus and subsequent limitations on services in both the public and private sector. It was also attended in person by essential county officials and livestreamed online because of Gov. Greg Abbott’s executive order halting gatherings of more than 10 people.

The meeting stalled for about 20 minutes early due to a technical glitch that blocked audio for online viewers, but flowed smoothly afterward.

County offices will be closed to the public during the crisis, though online resources and a loosening of some permit and license requirements in the state should ease the pain a bit for citizens, said County Judge Tony Leago.

“We have got to be mindful of the safety of all our employees,” he told commissioners.

Public record fees, probate fees, civil fees, traffic citations and vehicle registration fees can be paid through the county’s website, which also links to other government resources. On a statewide level, Abbott on March 16 initial registration, renewal of registration, vehicle titling, and renewal of a permanent disabled parking placard.

“If your tags run out, you’re not going to get a ticket,” County Treasurer Karen Lane said.

The emergency pay addendum included part-time workers after a plea from Leago for inclusion.

“I just have to believe if they are county employees, they count,” he said.

The county expects some state funding to help cover costs for emergency pay and other measures.

“I hope this time next month, we can look back and say ‘Phew! Thank goodness (it’s over),” Leago said.

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