Commissioners also approved 10 other matters during their Thursday meeting.
• They voted to make some changes to the union contract with sheriff’s deputies regarding overtime procedures and holiday shifts and providing a 2% pay increase for union members starting January 2020. The county also will assume the 5% insurance premium increase for the current fiscal year. Riggs said the pay increase is consistent with raises other county employees received this year.
• Commissioners approved continuing its agreement with the Roswell-Chaves County Economic Development Corp. for 10 months, with reconsideration for one-year agreements after that. The county and city of Roswell each provide annual funding to the group. They voted for the current agreement providing $25,000 in funding, while noting that they could adjust the funding amount at some point this fiscal year.
• After a public hearing without any opposition voiced, they passed an ordinance authorizing a non-exclusive franchise agreement with the Berrendo Cooperative Water Users Association for 25 years that allows the water group to use county roads, easements and right-of-ways to maintain or install its water lines and equipment.
• They approved the 2019 property tax rates established by the secretary of the New Mexico Department of Finance and Administration for use by all authorized taxing entities in the county. Riggs indicated that the county has no authority to reject the rates but is required to enact a resolution authorizing them.