Still miffed at the Fairfax County School Board for increasing salaries to school employes, the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors this week followed suit and gave a larger pay increase to county employes than originally planned.
The supervisors decided to give all county employes a 6 percent pay increase, instead of the 5.5 percent increase they approved in May. Their action, a reluctant one, resulted from the school board's approval of a 6 percent pay increase for all school employes just over a month ago.
"I am going to support this motion (for the 6 percent increase) very, very reluctantly," said Supervisor Marie B. Travesky (R-Springfield). "They (county employes) deserve what everybody else is getting."
Travesky said she thought the morale of county employes had been hurt by only school employes having received the 6 percent pay increase.
The pay raise passed by an 8-1 vote, with Supervisor John P. Shacochis (R-McLean) voting no.
"First we tell the citizens we have searched through the budget and can't find any more fat to help reduce the (real estate) tax rate," Shacochis said in earlier discussions on the pay raise. "Then we turn around and find the money to upeverybody's pay. No wonder citizens doubt their public officials."
The 6 percent increase, one-half of 1 per cent more than already approved, will cost the county approximately $550,000 this year, according to county officials.
Several supervisors said they resented being put in the position of having to vote for the pay increase in order to equalize the salaries of school and county employes.
In early June the supervisors had requested the school board to rescind its decision on the 6 percent pay increase which apparently was approved after pressure from the county's teacher organization, the Fairfax Education Association.
But the school board responded that they could not reconsider its decision, because contracts already had been sent out to teachers providing the 6 percent increase.