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 ( ) 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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