The Dumfries Town Council last week approved a raise for council members and for the office of mayor, although the increase will not be effective until July.
According to Vice Mayor Marjorie Davis, the council may vote not for a raise for itself and for the mayor but only for the next council and mayor elected. The town election is slated for May.
Davis voted against the raise -- from $100 to $200 a year for council members and $200 to $400 for the mayor -- because the council "worries about the budget all the time and this just seemed foolish." When Davis began her first term on the council in 1982, council members were not paid at all, she said. "We served because we loved the town and we wanted to do it."
In other action, the council approved a request by Prince William County officials to use the town hall for six weeks in March and April to sell county tags. Officials made the request when the county closed most of its Manassas offices and moved to a new complex on Davis Ford Road. Selling tags in Dumfries will make it easier for residents in the mostly rural western end of the county to buy their tags, officials said.
Two dissenting votes came from Eleanor Gumm and Davis, who voiced concerns about the crowds that will come into the town of 3,000 residents and the long lines inside the building, standing on the town's newly purchased $2,000 carpet. "The men voted for this," Davis said. "We didn't want it."