Commissioner Gonzalez Gives Pay Raise $ to VFD's

Published 01/04 2012 05:39PM

Updated 01/04 2012 07:07PM

  One Wichita County commissioner said "thanks, but no thanks" to his county raise.
    This morning, Ray Gonzalez donated that money to four volunteer fire departments.
    Gonzalez said as an elected official, he knew how much money he'd be making when he campaigned for the position.
    So, during the budget process, he said he would not accept a raise.
    Instead, he gave 600 dollar checks to the Wichita West, Wichita East, Cameron Gardens, and Kamay Volunteer Fire Departments.

Hayden Hansen
Wichita East VFD Chief
"Every little bit helps. We appreciate every little bit we get. Six hundred dollars is actually a great amount of money to us. We're used to 25 dollar checks here and there --  so 600 dollars will come a long way to replace a lot of things and get us back on our feet to get ready for another crazy year in the fire department world."

Ray Gonzalez
Wichita County Commissioner (Pct. 1)
"I saw firsthand all the sacrifices they make - because everything is on a donation to operate on, and I felt that they were most deserving."

    The pay raise will be distributed to county employees during 12 months ... but Gonzalez used his own money to donate the 24- hundred dollars now.

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