lhfry · March 23, 2013 at 7:42 am
I would want to know what the ratio of instructional (teachers in classrooms teaching standard disciplines) to non-instructional (administrators, guidance counselors, resources officers, etc.) is in the Fauquier County schools. Nationwide, costs for public schools have increased dramatically as hiring of non-instructional staff outpaces hiring of classroom teachers.
crc60 · March 22, 2013 at 9:26 pm
"County workers have fallen behind their peers, private sector employees and Social Security recipients, whose benefits have risen 14 percent since 2008, he said."
References please. You mention surveys taken in earlier correspondence... let's see them.
I can't fault the man for going to bat for the county employees, but the above statement challenges his credibility. No benefit increases, for the few that might have received them, have kept pace with rising food and fuel costs - the unreported hidden inflation no one wants to talk about. Most everyone is dealing with net loss of spending power here in Fauquier and most everywhere. Yes that's right most everyone, not just public employees.
Foreclosures are likely lower since the weak or unlucky have been culled already leaving the wise, stern or stubborn homeowners who are likely not to default because of courage, pride or morals. The good news for all of us is with the supply of foreclosures dwindling, home values may finally start to inch up. Why not let that be the raise in revenue you seek? County revenue tied to actual economic vitality... what a concept.
You mention turnover rate is on the rise as employees seek and find better opportunities. You've likely found the sweet spot then. Let it play out. For those who trumpet the great public salaries in PW and Fairfax, please go there, don't let the door hit ya, and enjoy the commute... oh that's right... long commutes suck. Better figure that cost and time into your valuation of your public salary here in good ole horse heaven Fauquier County. Don't confuse price with value.