OAK ISLAND, NC (WWAY) -- Some residents in Oak Island are upset with a proposal that would give all city employees a $750 raise. Town Manager Jerry Walters proposed the bonus at a hearing Tuesday.
Walters says the one-time payment would replace the annual cost-of-living raise that is customary and would save the town money. Even so, some residents say raises of any kind just are not right in this economy.
"We didn't get raises. Why should they?' Donna Sykes said. "If they're not happy, let them go somewhere else and find another job. $750 coming out of my pocket, I don't like that. They should cut back, downsize and forget about raises for anybody until things get better."
The Oak Island Town Council will have a budget workshop May 20 and a public hearing June 1 to discuss how to balance the budget.