The Loudoun County Board of Supervisors asked the Blue Ribbon Committee this week to recommend how much county supervisors and their personal staffs should be paid beginning next year.

The citizens committee, which had issued a final report on restructuring the county government before disbanding in September, is being asked to reconvene and report to the supervisors by mid-March so the county board can debate the funding issues during its fiscal 1992 budget deliberations.

Tuesday's unanimous vote came after the supervisors trimmed $1.75 million from the county's operating budget for the current year in an exercise that officials say eliminates the 1991 deficit.

The Blue Ribbon Committee issued an initial report in June that was highly critical of the structure of the Loudoun government, calling it outdated and unable to accommodate rapid change. A key element of the bipartisan panel's recommendations was creation of a new position on the Board of Supervisors, a chairman elected by voters countywide. That change was mandated in a November referendum.

On Tuesday, at the urging of Vice Chairman Charles A. Bos (D-Leesburg), the supervisors took up the issue of how much to pay the new chairman and board members starting in January 1992, when the board elected in November will begin a four-year term. Bos also asked for discussion of how much money should be spent on staff support for supervisors, who currently share assistants.

"Let's face it," Bos said in introducing the politically charged topic. The cost of hiring aides and increasing office space for the supervisors "could be several hundred thousand dollars" a year. But he said the spending, backed in concept by the Blue Ribbon Committee, is necessary for good government. He said that without an aide, he will not seek reelection.

Such spending "seems a bit ridiculous" when all county departments have cut their budgets this year and expect bigger reductions next year, Supervisor James F. Brownell (R-Blue Ridge) said. "We're just going to have to find ways to do these things without more money."

Noting that supervisor and staff budget increases may be politically unpopular, Supervisor Betsey Brown (D-Catoctin) said the changes are nevertheless essential to retain "citizen legislators."

Supervisor Steve W. Stockman (R-Broad Run), who is not seeking reelection, said, "Perhaps if this board had {its own} staff, we wouldn't be in the circumstances we are today," facing a $31 million deficit for fiscal 1992.

Tuesday's vote to pare $1.75 million from the fiscal 1991 spending plan came after brief debate and no changes to a list of proposed cuts forwarded by County Administrator Philip A. Bolen. Added to $1.25 million in reductions by the School Board and nearly $5 million in other savings, the reductions from the fiscal 1991 budget of $278 million now total nearly $8 million.

The budget changes approved unanimously Tuesday reduce the emergency contingency balance by $151,000, delay several purchases, curb overtime, limit foster care funding through June and freeze positions in addition to the 95 county jobs that have been left unfilled for several months.

Also on Tuesday, the supervisors voted 6 to 2 to allow golf driving ranges, baseball batting cages and miniature golf in commercial recreation areas. Brown and Supervisor Thomas S. Dodson (D-Mercer) opposed the action, echoing some rural residents' fears that such facilities would be disruptive to western Loudoun.

Applicants for such facilities still would need to obtain Board of Supervisors approval of a special exception on a case-by-case basis, officials said.