BOLIVIA, NC (WWAY) -- After residents called out Brunswick County commissioners for getting $50 plus mileage to attend meetings, commissioners are taking a second look at the way they're paid. In the meantime they don't seem to be cutting back on their per diem.
Brunswick County commissioners already have compensation on the agenda for their Monday night meeting. Since the public found out about the commissioners' per diem for attending meetings, they've asked County Manager Marty Lawing to compare some of their numbers to other counties. Monday commissioners will discuss how their compensation compares to similar counties throughout North Carolina.
Finance Director Ann Hardy has also posted the commissioners' monthly compensation and discretionary spending on the finance section of the County's website. Even though commissioners have taken some steps to improve communication when it comes to their per diem, there's still plenty of work to be done.
According to the first week expense reports from September, commissioners Bill Sue, Phil Norris and Marty Cooke all have the September 2 agenda meeting listed. Commissioner Charles Warren does not have the agenda meeting, he just has "commissioner business" listed.
At Wednesday's agenda meeting the commissioners declined to comment on camera, but Commission Chair Sue did say, "There's no need to talk about the process. The pot's been stirred enough. We're going to discuss this monday night and put it to bed." Brunswick County residents will decide how soundly the commissioners can sleep.
Right now we don't know if the three commissioners who attended the agenda meeting have filed it under their per diem request. We'll find that out when they file their certification at the end of the week.
WWAY requested and received the following documents today relating to per diems and reimbursements for Brunswick County commissioners: