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Commissioners pass New Hanover budget, reject ABC chief raise

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WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) -- New Hanover County Commissioners passed the FY2011-2012 budget today with a few tweaks, including a one percent merit pay increase for county employees. Commissioners also increased the budget for new hanover county schools by $1 million.

The ABC board also asked to approve a $6,400 raise and bonus for Dan Sykes, the new ABC CEO. Commissioners unanimously voted no.

"Our employees have seen roughly 19 furlough days in the past few years, reduction of pay, and it would just be, in my opinion, grossly unfair to have someone come in their first year and see a 1.4 percent increase in pay," Commission Chair Jonathan Barfield said. "Also, a $5,000 bonus that was requested as well in these economic times, I think that would be sending the wrong message."

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