Buncombe County commissioners quietly gets raise

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by The Associated Press

WCNC.com

Posted on August 25, 2013 at 2:36 PM

ASHEVILLE, N.C. (AP) -- Buncombe County commissioners have picked up a raise even through three members of the board campaigned to cut their compensation during last year's election. 

Commissioner Mike Fryar told the Citizen-Times of Asheville (http://avlne.ws/17VBKRI ) that the other four members of the board said there was no way the pay cut could pass. 

The commissioners got a nearly 2 percent raise in April to up their pay to $26,295, the second highest salary for a county commission in the state. Cumberland County is tops at $27,942 and Durham County is third at $23,618. 

Buncombe County employees got a similar raise. 

Three of the four commissioners who blocked the pay cut say they get part-time pay for what turns into full-time work and they often have to cut back on their regular jobs.
 

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