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In a Sept. 21 story in The Islander, West Manatee Fire Rescue Commissioner Scott Ricci said he did not support a 3 percent pay raise for firefighters, indicating the raise appeared to offset a 3 percent increase in the state retirement deduction.

However, West Manatee Fire Rescue District Commission Chair Larry Tyler said WMFR employees were given a 1.7 percent cost-of-living increase in the 2011-12 budget, not a 3 percent raise, and the district changed to a new retirement system, opting out of the Florida Retirement System in 1996. Only employees hired before 1966 are part of the FRS.

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