With compensation for the Buncombe County Board of Commissioners among the highest in the state, the county announced a proposal to cut travel compensation and the commissioners’ technology allowance, resulting in savings of $12,400 a year per commissioner. The board will vote on the measure Feb. 15.
“After gathering data from other cities and counties across the state, the County Manager has prepared a proposal that would reduce the County Commissioners’ travel allowance by 50 percent (from $650 to $325 bi-weekly) and their technology allowance by 85 percent (from $175 to $25 bi-weekly),” the announcement reads. “These cuts, once approved by the Board, will result in a $12,400 reduction per year for each board member.”
The commissioners get, on average, over $41,000 a year, with travel allowances of $650 and a technology allowance of $175 every two weeks making up a significant chunk of the total. The commissioners’ salaries have become a contentious issue after reporting in the Asheville Citizen-Times earlier this week highlighted their level of compensation.
“These cuts come as Buncombe departments prepare a 2012 budget with 10 percent reductions to address the current economic challenges,” the announcement concludes, noting that the commissioners will vote on the changes at their Feb. 15 meeting.
— David Forbes, senior news reporter