Laurel Hill city leaders giving up their compensation to pay down debt

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Published: Thursday, January 10, 2013 at 08:12 PM.

LAUREL HILL — The city’s elected leaders will discuss the north county community’s budget during a Jan. 15 workshop at 6 p.m. at City Hall.

However, one way they’ll help pay down a $126,000 debt is by giving up their pay.

City leaders on Tuesday voted to contribute their compensation toward the debt.

Mayor Joan Smith monthly would give up $200, whereas each council member would defer $100, City Clerk Anita Miller said.

Council members Larry Hendren, Clifton Hall and Betty Williamson voted in favor of deferring the pay; Willie Mae Toles and Robby Adams dissented.

"I don't have any problem with anyone who decides to do that," Adams said. "I don't see why everybody else should decide for the others."

"Were trying to get the debt paid off," Hall said.

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