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Frederick supervisors nix proposed pay raise

By Alex Bridges

The Frederick County Board of Supervisors will not be getting a pay raise this year.

The board on Wednesday voted against a proposal to increase the salaries of its members for the first time since 2001. Not all members wanted their salaries to stay the same.

Supervisors took the action after holding a public hearing on the proposed salaries for fiscal year 2014. Two people spoke against the proposed raises while a third supported the idea, Deputy County Administrator Jay Tibbs said Thursday.

Under the proposal, the county would increase the chairman's salary from $10,800 to $15,000; the vice chairman from $10,200 to $13,500 and from $9,000 to $10,000 for remaining members.

The board voted 5-2 to approve Supervisor Gene Fisher's motion to keep salaries at the current levels. Chairman Richard Shickle and Vice Chairman Bill Ewing voted against the motion, seeking a salary increase.

County administration had recommended the higher salaries, noting that the board had not received increases since 2001, with the proposed pay on par with amounts given to supervisors in Rockingham County.

Had supervisors approved the recommendation, the board's salaries would surpass the pay of their counterparts in Shenandoah and Warren counties. However, keeping the salaries at the current levels means Frederick County supervisors receive less than their peers.

Shenandoah County pays its Board of Supervisors as follows: $12,000 to the chairman, $11,100 to the vice chairman; and $10,200 to the other members. The salaries total $63,900.

In Warren County, the board chairman receives $12,000 per year while the other members receive $10,200. The board last received an increase in its annual stipend on Jan. 1, 2008, according to information from Jodi Spittler, human resources manager. The fiscal 2014 budget approved last month doesn't include a salary increase.

Shenandoah and Warren counties allow supervisors to participate in the same health and dental coverage plans at the rates offered to government staff. Frederick County does not.

Warren and Frederick counties pay stipends to members of some of the appointed committees such as the Planning Commission or the Social Services Advisory Board.

Contact staff writer Alex Bridges at 540-465-5137 ext. 125, or abridges@nvdaily.com


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