Loudoun Supervisors Look to Next Budget Priorities

Ten days into fiscal year 2019, the county government’s finance staff and supervisors on the finance committee have started work on the fiscal year 2020 budget.

During a meeting last week, Director of Management and Budget Erin McLellan laid out what the county expects to face as it prepares its next budget for a vote next April. According to her staff, the next county budget will “continue to be characterized by more complex, countywide policy discussion.”

That includes an ongoing study of the county’s payrolls and job descriptions. The first phase of that three-phase study in 2016 found that Loudoun County government employees are paid about 86 percent as much as their peers in the Northern Virginia market. Supervisors set their sights on matching the average salaries of government employees in Alexandria, Arlington County, Fairfax, and Prince William.

The second phase of the study is underway, examining job descriptions and estimating the cost of implementing a new classification and compensation system.

The county is also partway through an update of its technology, in particular its data center and backups. The county also will look at updating its backup emergency communications center.

Finance committee Chairman Matthew F. Letourneau (R-Dulles) requested an overview of the process for reviewing development applications, suggesting that there has been “backsliding” in Loudoun’s business-friendliness. County Chairwoman Phyllis J. Randall (D-At Large) asked the staff to look into whether there is enough staff in library services, and to look for models for mental health courts and drug courts from other jurisdictions.

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