Batesburg-Leesville, SC (WLTX) -- The Batesburg-Leesville town council voted 6-1 Monday night to give up their pay to give the town's full-time employees a raise.

It will leave $31,000 for the 53 full-time employees.

The council's decision to forfeit pay will give employees a 1% cost of living increase. The remaining funds will then be placed into a merit pool, where employees could receive additional pay increases based on performance evaluation.