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June 11, 2021

County employees getting 3-percent raises July 1

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The supervisors voted, 5-0, to give the raises, not included in the fiscal 2022 budget they adopted in March.
A lot of them were on front line, seeing people face-to-face, riding in the back of ambulances . . . . I’m willing to take the political heat for those who worked for the good of their fellow neighbors.
— Supervisor Chris Butler (Lee District)
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Fauquier County government’s 650 employees will get 3-percent raises, effective July 1, the board of supervisors decided unanimously Thursday.

Board members cited employees’ dedication during the COVID-19 pandemic and the county’s solid financial position in granting the raises, not included in the $340.6-million fiscal 2022 budget they adopted in March.

The board last week agreed to provide $1.5 million to help fund 5-percent raises for the county school system’s 1,900 employees.

“I’ve had some county employees reach out and say, ‘What about us,” Supervisor Chris Butler (Lee District) said Thursday. “A lot of them were on front line, seeing people face-to-face, riding in the back of ambulances . . . .

“I’m glad they’re still with us,” Mr. Butler continued. “I don’t want us to get back to where we were as a training ground (for those who went to nearby jurisdictions for better pay). I’m willing to take the political heat for those who worked for the good of their fellow neighbors.”

The board also agreed to consider another 2-percent raise for county employees in January. By then, the quanrenniel reassessment of real estate will be complete, probably producing a bump in real estate tax revenue.

July’s 3-percent raises will cost an estimated $1.6 million.

The school system raises will cost a total of about $3.8 million, much of it coming from money unspent in this year’s education budget. The fiscal year ends June 30.

The state budget also includes funds to support 5-percent raises for local school system positions deemed essential to meet Virginia “Standards of Quality.” But, local school systems must provide matching funds to qualify for that state support. And, localities get no state help for raising salaries of other school system employees or other local government workers.

“It’s disappointing our state government didn’t value our emergency services like they did education,” Supervisor Rick Gerhardt (Cedar Run) said.

But, he added: “I support the 3 percent and then 2 percent later” for county government employees.

“It’s also worth noting the state didn’t support all school employees , just some,” Holder Trumbo (Scott) said. “That said, I think it’s right to do. I hope we can find the other 2 percent.”

Chairman Chris Granger (Center) noted that just more than half of the county government employees work in public safety — the fire/rescue department and the sheriff’s office.

County government employees got no raises this fiscal year. But, the supervisors authorized $1,000 bonuses in November 2020.

Contact Editor “Lou” Emerson at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) or 540-270-1845.
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