In July, the Board of Supervisors narrowly approved giving members of the next county board a 62 percent raise over their current salaries.
When the next Board of Supervisors takes office in 2020, it will see a compensation increase from $41,200 to $66,826 for board members. The vice chairman’s pay will increase from $45,320 to $73,363, and the pay for the county chairman will rise from $50,000 to $81,100. Supervisors will then get a 2 percent pay bump each year for the remaining three years of the term.
That pay increase is designed to track with the growth of the county’s general operating budget since the board’s last pay raise in 2008. It equates to where salaries would be now if supervisors received approximately 4 percent raises every year.
The measure passed 5-4, with Supervisors Matthew F. Letourneau (R-Dulles), Koran T. Saines (D-Sterling), Tony R. Buffington Jr. (R-Blue Ridge), Ron A. Meyer Jr. (R-Broad Run), and Chairwoman Phyllis J. Randall (D-At Large) in support. Board Vice Chairman Ralph M. Buona (R-Ashburn), and Supervisors Kristen C. Umstattd (D-Leesburg), Geary M. Higgins (R-Catoctin), and Suzanne M. Volpe (R-Algonkian) were opposed.