The Panhandle Regional Planning Commission (PRPC) sends a survey to 63 cities in the Texas Panhandle every three years to compare what public officials are making, and what benefits that city makes availible to its workers.
The 2011-2012 results are showing some interesting findings in some of our rural areas.
According to Klye Ingham of PRPC, "A lot of times in smaller cities you'll have the same person that's trained in working on water and sewer lines, and also serves as dog catcher because the city is smaller and doesn't have as much capital to have many different positions."
Ingham said the survey started as a service to communities and the intent is to keep every city honest.
"A few of the cities from the smaller sizes that used to have a city manager, they are going to a more city secretary situation." he said. "As their income has remained the same and the cost of the trained professional has gone up a little."
For Director, Trent Morris, of Workforce Solutions, training is an essential part of his job.
"Employers are always wanting to remain competitive especially with their labor force because they don't want to see their employers moving down the street."
T he Texas Municipal League also sends out a similar survey that's state wide.