Proposed pay increase for Charleston County council

NORTH CHARLESTON, S.C. (WCIV) -- Should Charleston County Council members give themselves a pay raise? That's one of the issues being discussed Thursday night.

Charleston County council members haven't seen an increase in their salary in more than 15 years.

"This was needed. It's not like council all of the sudden decided that this is something that they wanted," said Teddie Pryor, Charleston County Council Chairman. "This has been a four-year study."

The pay raise would not only apply to just council members, either.

"Some elected officials' salary will be adjusted as well as those who are in the 20-40 medium-range employees of the county as well," said Pryor.

Pryor said a consultant decided on the exact numbers, and he believes this is the right thing to do.

"Again it's not about us, it's about the future to come. If you want to try to get people, you have to have pretty decent salaries as well as compensation," said Pryor. "We want to implement a system that is going to keep them there with Charleston County. Hopefully they will stay there for retirement and if not, pretty close to retirement."

As for Pryor, he would be in line for a $9,000 raise, which is a 50 percent increase of his current salary. Other council members could see as much as $6,000 more.

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