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Proposal by NHC commission chair to reject raises for commissioners who criticized budget removed from agenda

Published: Jun. 21, 2021 at 6:11 PM EDT|Updated: Jun. 21, 2021 at 11:30 PM EDT
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NEW HANOVER COUNTY, N.C. (WECT) - A proposal by the New Hanover County Commission Chair Julia Olson-Boseman to have commissioners Rob Zapple and Deb Hays decline their upcoming raises was pulled from the agenda late Monday night.

Olson-Boseman confirmed to WECT News earlier Monday that she was proposing Zapple and Hays decline their increased stipends because they had voted against the raises in the adoption of the FY 2022 budget.

“I respect their principles and don’t want them to be forced to take money that they don’t want,” said Olson-Boseman.

Deb Hays and Rob Zapple both voted against the controversial new budget which raised property taxes and provided a hefty pay raise for commissioners.

The $458-million FY 2022 budget was passed in a 3-2 vote Monday June 7.

After the vote, they publicly criticized the adopted budget that increased officials’ annual stipends.

Port City Daily provides more details in this article on the events leading up to this challenge.

In response to the criticism by her fellow commissioners, Boseman has created a resolution for Tuesday’s agenda that wouldn’t grant Hays and Zapple the raises.

The commissioners will meet Tuesday, June 22 at 9 a.m. at the New Hanover County Courthouse.

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