Gregg County Tax Workers Going To Controversial Four Day Work Week

Gregg County tax workers now have a shorter work week, but a County Judge says it could become a cost to taxpayers.

Last week was the first week the Gregg County tax office went to a four day work week. County tax assecor Kirk Shields says he made the move to help employees with high gas prices.

But County Judge Bill Stoudt opposes the four-day work week.

He says more than 200 taxpayers showed up Friday to pay their taxes, only to learn that the office was closed.

"We provide a service to the public and that service should be allowed five days a week from eight to five, at the convenience of the taxpayers not the convenience of government," said Judge Stoudt.

"I hate it that we missed any customers," Sheilds explained today. "We tried to get the publicity out and since it was a new thing and expected that there would be a little bit of that and this is just a trial for two weeks."

The county tax offices are open from 7:30 to 5:45 Monday through Thursday.

However, this week, because of the 4th of July holiday, they will be closed Thursday and Friday.

Lakecia Shockley, reporting.