(a) The council may fix its own compensation and the compensation of the mayor and
any other elected officers of the city by adoption of the annual budget ordinance,
but the salary of an elected officer other than a member of the council may not be
reduced during the then-current term of office unless he agrees thereto. The mayor, councilmen, and other elected officers are entitled to reimbursement
for actual expenses incurred in the course of performing their official duties at
rates not in excess of those allowed to other city officers and employees, or to a
fixed allowance, the amount of which shall be established by the council, for travel
and other personal expenses of office; provided, any fixed allowance so established
during a term of office shall not be increased during such term of office.
(b) All charter provisions in effect as of January 1, 1972, fixing the compensation
or allowances of any city officer or employee are repealed, but persons holding office
or employment on January 1, 1972, shall continue to receive the compensation and allowances
then prescribed by law until the council provides otherwise in accordance with this
section or G.S. 160A-162.
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