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    Loudoun Board of Supervisors consider raises for next term

    A pay raise could be coming for Loudoun supervisors in 2016.

    Members of the Finance/Government Services and Operations Committee voted 3-2, Oct. 14 to forward a motion which would raise the salary of Loudoun's chairman $20,000 and district supervisors by $10,000 to the full board.

    Supervisors Ralph Buona (R-Ashburn) and Ken Reid (R-Leesburg) voted against the motion.

    Loudoun's Board of Supervisors work on a part-time basis.

    Broad Run Supervisor Shawn Williams (R) put forward the motion, noting that the pay bump would be effective April 1, 2016, after the next board is in place.

    The board will meet next on Nov. 5, but it is not known whether the item will be on the agenda for that meeting.

    The last time supervisors received a raise was in 2008. Since then the county's population has grown by more than 27 percent and the county's operating budget has grown by 17.5 percent.

    "This board's workload has grown in proportion to these increases in population and budget," said Williams.

    Loudoun is the third largest county in Virginia with the fifth highest compensated Board of Supervisors.

    "I think the county has way too many other needs, be it schools, be it full-time kindergarten, be it all our capital requirements, we still have to much growth," said Buona, who chairs the committee.

    Buona later went on to say, "I will not be supporting a raise for anybody on the next Board of Supervisors. None of us are doing this for the money, but adjusting our salaries $10,000 and $20,000 respectively, doesn't change the dynamic of whether you're going to run for office for this position."

    Supervisor Matt Letourneau (R-Dulles) pointed out that different members of the board make different sacrifices and that a raise could help take the sting out of giving up other opportunities to serve the public.

    "It's a tremendous privilege and it's an honor, but there are huge sacrifices. There are sacrifices in terms of family, and there are financial sacrifices," he said.

    "It's really more in my experiences along the lines of lost opportunities. The lost career opportunities that you have particularly for those of us who are a little bit younger and are trying to move up in our careers and the amount of time we put into this."

    Fairfax Supervisors, who also work part-time, including the chairman, make $75,000.

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