Loudoun’s Board of Supervisors vote to increase funding for the operation of district offices can be viewed as another investment needed to maintain the county’s system of part-time legislators.
The previous board nixed talk of giving raises to supervisors even as some claimed that increased pay would attract candidates of higher caliber or those with more time to devote to the office. But in recent years, there has been a push to prevent a move to full-time board seats. Instead, supervisors were given more resources to hire staff aides and conduct constituent outreach. That budget has grown while supervisors’ stipends have held constant.
Increasing the allocation should result in improved service to residents and businesses, but it is unlikely to lighten the full-time load that part-time supervisors are expected to carry.