By Alex Bridges
For the first time in more than a decade, the Frederick County Board of Supervisors may give itself a pay raise.
The board plans to hold a public hearing at 7 p.m. Wednesday on a proposed increase in members' salaries.
County staff proposes that the the board approve increasing the chairman's salary from $10,800 to $15,000 and the vice chairman's pay from $10,200 to $13,500. Staff has proposed increasing the salary for the other members from $9,000 to $10,000.
If approved, salaries would increase by $4,200 (38 percent) for the chairman; by $3,300 (32 percent) for the vice chairman; and 11 percent for the other supervisors.
The salary increases would put Frederick County's supervisors well ahead of their counterparts in surrounding jurisdictions.
Total salary for the board would increase from $66,000 to $78,500, or almost 19 percent.
A May 2 memorandum from County Administrator John R. Riley Jr. to the board states that supervisors' salaries have not increased since May 2001.
"The proposed increase is comparable to like-sized jurisdictions and is on par with Rockingham County," Riley states in the memo.
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 chairman of the Board of Supervisors 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.
By comparison, Virginia state senators receive a yearly salary of $18,000 and they represent approximately 200,000 residents, according to the General Assembly. Delegates represent approximately 80,000 people and receive $17,640.
Supervisors may participate in Warren County's health and dental insurance plans and would receive the same rates offered to staff.
Warren County pays members of the Planning Commission and the Social Services Advisory Board $100 per meeting. Members of the Board of Zoning Appeals receive $75 per meeting. Committee members are not eligible for health or dental benefits. The county also pays members of the Electoral Board the state-mandated rates of $167.04 per month for the chairman and vice chairman, and $334.08 for the secretary.
Frederick County does pay a stipend or other compensation within a range of $30 per meeting to $180 per month to members of other boards or committees. The county does not offer health care benefits to the Board of Supervisors or other committees.
Contact staff writer Alex Bridges at 540-465-5137 ext. 125, or firstname.lastname@example.org