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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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26 Comments on "ONLY ON 3 & THE LNR: Leland leaders set for big pay hike"

2015 years 10 months ago

If so many of you is disappointed in the way the town is being run, the town council, town staff and the police department why in the world don’t you run for an office and try and change things, instead you had rather sit around and gossip or type on a computer complaining about everything?
The problem is you believe everything that is said on TV and you read in the so called news paper (not the star news). Try turning your TV off, go outside and enjoy this beautiful weather we are having. I bet you will feel alot better about your self.
Have a good day and remember the Lord is watching and listening to you.

2015 years 10 months ago

I agree the Lord is watching that is why what was done deceitfully and in the dark has now come to light. I notice that you suggested turning the tv off and quit paying attention to what is written but obviously you take the time yourself to continue reading. If enough is enough maybe you should go outside and speak to the Lord. Have you done his service today? Have you fed the hungry, sheltered the poor, loved the unloving, put your wants, your thoughts, yourself aside for him today? Maybe it is you that needs to heed the message given to you.

2015 years 10 months ago

If you think you could do a better job why didn’t you run for mayor against her?
I will answer that, because you knew you could not win. You would rather sit around and complain. Complainers, complainers, complainers never does anything but complain, listen to wway and read the rag time newspaper.

2015 years 10 months ago

Why do you continue to complain yourself? It’s kind of funny-you get on here to complain about complainers. So you must like it.

This is what Leland needs:
Open and accessible government. A government cannot be dishonest if its actions are transparent. Openness encourages competence because it subjects actions to public scrutiny. It also fosters the necessary leadership that is unafraid to address issues and make decisions that are in the best interest of the town as a whole.

2015 years 10 months ago

Can anyone tell me why Jean was the only one interviewed by wway last night from Leland, Is it possible she is one of the owners of the LNR which they are partners with wway? Now wway can get all the information they want.


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