From News & Messenger:
Prince William County, Va. – Individual supervisor budgets have become a hot topic among the board since a 5-to-3 vote in favor of a $712,000 increase to the supervisors’ office budgets last week.
That breaks down to approximately $89,000 per office.
The budget item was passed as part of a much larger carryover budget, in which items from the previous fiscal year get carried over to the new fiscal year. According to county spokesman Jason Grant, the $712,000 increase should have been included in the fiscal 2011 budget process, but was accidentally omit-ted.
The intent of the additional money was to allow the supervisors the opportunity to hire a third full-time staffer. According to Grant, hiring a third assistant was “based on the growth of citizens being served by each magisterial district and the complexity of issues being resolved.”
“The supervisors have seen an 83 percent increase in the number of citizens served per district since 1990, from 30,812 per district to 56,497 today,” Grant said.
Supervisors Michael C. May, R-Occoquan, Martin Nohe, R-Coles and Maureen S. Caddigan, D-Dumfries, voted against the budget increase. The three agreed that this wasn’t the time to add money to the budget when county employees haven’t received a cost of living adjustment the last two years.
Suerpvisors May, Nohe and Caddigan are aware of how things look. When did regular county employees last receive a raise? How much overtime to they all get when there is some emergency or when one of the supervisors makes demands?
Meanwhile, the chairman, Corey Stewart has gone $7500 over budget. He complains that one of his staffers needed a raise. Probably everyone needs a raise who works for Prince William County. Many county employees work long hours that extend beyond the regular day. Those same employees often take work home over the weekend or go back in to the office to get things done.
When everyone can get a little bit more of the pie, then the budget should increase to include the supervisors budgets. Until then, everyone needs to make due with tightening their belts–even the chairman.