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Buncombe County gives lowest paid workers raises that were approved last year

Buncombe County manager Mandy Stone said the 1.5 percent increase will go to the county's lowest paid workers, those making $45,000 or less. (Photo credit: WLOS staff)

Hundreds of Buncombe County workers are getting raises, beginning next week.

County manager Mandy Stone said the 1.5 percent increase will go to the county's lowest paid workers, those making $45,000 or less.

The raises were approved by commissioners last year, but under former county manager Wanda Greene the raises went to 123 people -- 16 of whom were making more than $100,000.

Stone said the cost of the raises will be covered by cuts in other areas.

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