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LELAND, NC (WWAY) — Voters in Leland will go to the polls tomorrow to elect a new mayor and two new members of town council. When those three people take office, the town’s elected leaders will be getting a significant pay raise.

Our news partners at the Local News Review uncovered something interesting about Leland’s budget. The money Town Council spends on itself this budget year is up 71-percent from the last fiscal year.

Back in March, Councilwoman Pat Batleman sent an e-mail to Mayor Walter Futch and her fellow council members proposing a raise in compensation.

“Based on the research done on comparable compensation in municipalities both smaller and the same size as the population of Leland, I would like to propose we consider an increase,” Batleman wrote in the e-mail.

We called Batleman to ask some questions about the increase, but she refused to comment on camera. She did say, however, that she and Councilwoman Martha Currie would not receive the increase as it is only applicable to members voted in in 2011 or later. But Town Manager Bill Farris told us differently.

“Whenever there’s a new council, then they will all receive the same salary,” Farris said.

Council members agreed to an increase and submitted a budget with a 92-percent increase from last year. In July they approved a 71-percent jump for the council budget up from $56,700 to $97,005.

Previously, the town paid the mayor $200 a month while council members received $150. Now, likely-Mayor Brenda Bozeman will make $758 a month, while council members will get $520.

Farris said the job of a council member is time-consuming because of their involvement in the community and various workshops and boards.

“Being a council member at this point in Leland’s life is somewhat more complicated maybe than it was several years ago,” Farris said.

Mayor Futch nor council members Herbert Barnes or Currie returned our phone calls.

Bozeman was busy with personal matters, but said she’d have to take a closer look at the budget before commenting.

You can get more details on the budget hikes and how they came to be in next week’s edition of the Local News Review.

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2016 years 2 months ago

enoughalready, her name is JANE not Jean! WWAY was informed where the Jon Tait celebration was,but they were gone when WWAY got there! Get a life!!!
You must be a bobble head supporter!

2016 years 2 months ago

Who is Jean?

2016 years 2 months ago

I was told by one of Jean’s helpers how and who to write-in for the mayor position. So fair is only fair. Don’t you think? That’s politics.

Faye Burckhalter
2016 years 2 months ago

Glad that the election is now over. Hope to see some different things in the City of Leland. There will be a new Mayor and 2 new Council people on the board. Let’s see what will happened the first 6 months. That gives them time to work together and work out some problems too… Good Luck to the Leland Town Board. Faye Burckhalter

2016 years 2 months ago

Why not ask how many people were asked by the to be Mayor not to vote for Jane Crowder. I couldn’t believe it when I was told that she has asked a friend not to vote for Jane. So I did some asking and found out that she would whisper that in their ears. That is so rude if you ask me. Waiting to see if she says she didn’t…… Anyone can run for office and see if they can make changes in the Leland Town. We need some changes here in Leland. We need people to want to do… Read more »

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