Loudoun's Board of Supervisors is considering whether to give its elected members a pay raise, though state law dictates any salary increases cannot be enacted until the next board takes office.
Members of the board's five-person finance committee earlier this month directed county staff to provide options for salary increases based on various metrics, including size of the local population, the county's overall budget or cost of living factors.
Loudoun's supervisors haven't seen a pay increase since 2008. Should the current board not act on any pay adjustments, no salary changes could take effect until 2020 at the earliest.
Supervisor Ralph Buona (R-Ashburn), who chairs the finance committee, was the lone voice in opposition to a salary increase.
The board's portion of the county budget for the fiscal year that began this month is more than $2 million; this includes a corporate board account of $940,200 and budgets for each district and the countywide chairman – $120,500 for the districts and $161,000 for the chairman.
Currently, the chairman's salary is $50,000, the vice chairman's $43,000 and the remaining supervisors' $41,000.
Around the commonwealth, in Virginia's 10 localities with populations exceeding 100,000, the median salary for a supervisor is $38,146 (chairman $43,847), according to a Loudoun County staff report. The six counties with populations greater than 200,000 – Fairfax, Prince William, Loudoun, Chesterfield, Henrico and Arlington -- have a median board member salary of $46,624 (chairman $52,570).
Board member salaries are strongly correlated with the population of a county, the report states.
While only Chairman Scott York (R-At Large) and Supervisor Eugene Delgaudio (R-Sterling) have announced plans to seek re-election in 2015, it's anticipated most, if not all, of the all-Republican board's members will vie for another term.