Batesburg-Leesville leaders took the first step Monday toward giving up their salaries so town workers can get a pay raise.
Town Council gave initial approval to a swap that would take effect July 1.
The plan means the eight council members would abolish their annual salaries of $4,000 each as well as the $6,000 for Mayor Rita Crapps.
The savings will be used for pay raises of at least 1 percent for 53 employees.
Council members approved the step 6-2 instead of raising property taxes to help provide raises.
But council members and the mayor will retain a $1,500 allowance apiece for travel and training.