The Fairfax County Board of Supervisors is set to consider a one-time bonus for full-time county employees when it allocates surplus budget money from Fiscal Year 2013 in September.
The county has roughly $27 million left over from the last fiscal year, which came to a close on June 30, according to staff estimates.
Board Chairman Sharon Bulova has proposed using about $6 million of the surplus to give full-time employees a one-time, $500 bonus.
Employees did not receive pay increases or market rate adjustments to their salaries in the Fiscal Year 2014 Budget, so officials hope the bonus will lessen the blow.
“I believe that the board has the opportunity to consider a one-time employee pay incentive,” Bulova said of the surplus.
Other board members supported the idea, too; Supervisor Gerry Hyland (D-Mount Vernon) even recommended increasing the bonus amount to $1,000, using about $12 million.
Bulova said officials would consider the full range of options.
“I think we need to show our employees that they are our most valuable asset,” Supervisor Pat Herrity (R-Springfield) said.
But while Paula Woodrum, president of the Fairfax County Government Employees Union, SEIU VA 512, told Patch she appreciated the thought and the effort of the Board, a bonus wouldn’t be enough.
“I don’t think that a $500 bonus would provide a lot of relief for county employees,” she said.
The county’s employee unions have presented the Board with a petition for the reinstatement of a 2 percent market rate adjustment and performance-based raises effective Jan. 1, 2014.
“We all know that it’s a delicate balance,” Woodrum said. “They’ve got to do something. It really needs to go to the base pay and a bonus doesn’t go to the base pay.”
The county is engaging employees in a proposed “workforce dialogue,” a series of workshops where employees and officials will formulate a new pay plan, starting in September.
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