Sunday, April 3, 2011
TDCJ Employees to pay for state housing maintenance and utilities costs
Senate approves modified version of the bill. Flat 20% of market value approved to be implemented. Refer to our Backgate post here for more information . Click Here !
Under an amendment approved by the ledge, House Corrections Committee Chairman Jerry Madden, R-Richardson, said House Bill 2404 is designed to address a growing issue over state employees who live rent-free in state housing, or at hefty discounts, and pay no local property taxes.Under the new amendment state employees will be required to pay for all utilities and maintenance upkeep on the dwellings.
For many TDCJ employees, housing came and was offered as part of the jobs they promoted into. A perk that enticed them to prison units out in the middle of no where where in some cases housing of equal size is not afforded in the community. Or may be over priced. In some prison locations, such in TDCJ's Region III, some housing is badly maintained and falling down. To maintain or to provide heating and cooling to these un-insulated structures would cost thousands. With the only true perk gone that enticed employees and supervisors into areas of the state that already couldn't attract staff, this may be the final blow.
When signed, the amendment would begin affecting employees in October of 2011. If employees fail to pay the required fees, they are subject to evictions. Look for a mass exodus from state housing areas soon.