CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. (AP) - Hamilton County commissioners have voted to ask state lawmakers to let them set their own salaries.

The Chattanooga Times Free Press ( ) reports that the commission voted 6-2, with one commissioner abstaining, to ask that the General Assembly sever their pay from that of other county employees.

If the General Assembly approves the request, commissioners argued, discussion about their personal compensation will become more public and no longer hidden in the annual budget process by which raises are approved for county employees and the mayor.

Commissioner Joe Graham voted against the resolution. He says the current budget process is transparent and the public knows when raises are being given.

Information from: Chattanooga Times Free Press,

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