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Pay hikes proposed for Hawaii County officials

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HILO, Hawaii (AP) - Hawaii County officials who didn't get raises last year would see pay bumps under a proposed plan by the county's Salary Commission.

The commission will take public comments on April 28 before voting on a final plan.

Under the proposal, the next mayor will see the biggest jump, by almost 20 percent, to about $130,000. That would take effect in December 2016, when Mayor Billy Kenoi leaves office. He repeatedly has said he would refuse a raise for himself.

The managing director and deputy managing director would get raises of about $6,000 apiece. Council members' salaries would go up $4,000 apiece, to $52,000.

The Hawaii Tribune-Herald reports (http://bit.ly/1gQT41w ) that most county employees not covered by a union agreement got a 4 percent raise last year, their first since 2008.

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