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SIKESTON, Mo. (AP) _ County prosecutors in Missouri are headed for a big raise and there’s nothing they or county officials can do to stop it.

The Sikeston Standard Democrat (http://bit.ly/1ijR2tU) reports the Missouri Office of Prosecution Services told Mississippi County’s clerk the pay increase is effective July 1.

State law sets the pay for full-time prosecuting attorneys at the same amount as associat circuit judges. In Mississippi County those salaries will go from $116,000 a year to $133,716.

The increase won’t go into effect for places like Bollinger and Perry counties, which have only part-time prosecutors.

The pay for associate court judges is set by law at 73 percent of the salary for a federal magistrate judge.

The raises cannot be withheld by the county commission nor refused by the prosecutor.