In a virtual footnote, the Loudoun Times-Mirror reports that eight out of nine (all but Janet Clarke) members of the current Loudoun Board of Supervisors will run for re-election. This bit of news is buried in the middle of an article reporting that consideration of a pay raise for the next board has been dropped:
The current board first broached the issue over the summer. Since then, supervisors — all but one of whom are seeking re-election — have expectantly been assailed by the public for floating the idea.
Just for the drill, the “24%” raise that the supervisors have “been asssailed by the public” for proposing would have been the first increase in their pay in eight years. By the mathematics of compounding, that would have put their new salary at the same level it would have reached if it had been increased by 2.7% each year (but without the actual pay increase being included in their checks for each of those eight years, which makes the effective percentage even smaller).
Now, the next time this comes up, it will have to be the first increase in (at a minimum) twelve years, which would be the same as if they had increased the annual pay by only 1.8% (assuming the next board again considers a $10,000 jump). Rest assured, though, that the press will run the same headline:
SUPERVISORS CONSIDER GIVING THEMSELVES 24% PAY RAISE.
And we will further diminish the candidate pool towards nothing but the wealthy, the retired, the unemployed, or the just plain crazy.