Town commissioners, ABC come to agreement on pay increase

Last updated: December 02. 2013 4:26PM
Lauren Williams Staff Writer

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Roseboro’s ABC board members will receive a bump in pay with the start of the new year, a decision approved by town commissioners last week.

Commissioner Alice Butler brought before the town board during its November meeting an update on the local ABC group’s request for a pay increase. She shared that after researching the pay of other ABC boards in comparable towns and discussing the issue with chairman Robby James, an agreement was reached. The ABC board, she noted, agreed to an increase that while not as much as initially requested lands “somewhere in the middle” with the chairman receiving $1,500 and board members $900 annually, or $125 and $75 per month respectively.

Currently, the ABC board chairman receives $75 and board members $49 monthly.

When Commissioner James McLean inquired about the necessity of the pay increase, Butler and the other commissioners pointed out the many meetings the ABC board participates in as well as the ABC store’s contribution to the town, discussing the recent improvements made to the facility’s appearance as well as how the business contributes to the local economy.

According to the Roseboro ABC Board’s most recent 2012 performance audit report, “Roseboro ABC showed a steady increase (in sales) following the state’s increase while peaking in 2012 at 4.13 percent, a 2.15 percent increase from the previous year…Over a 10-year period, sales have increased 31.62 percent.”

Butler made a motion to approve the pay increase effective January 2014 which passed with a unanimous vote.

Butler also made a second motion to appoint Lynn West to the town’s ABC board effective February 2014 which also passed with another unanimous vote.

Lauren Williams can be reached at 910-592-8137, ext. 117 or via email at

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