The Fairfax County Board of Supervisors will consider giving employees a one-time bonus when the board considers spending its surplus funds from fiscal 2013 in September.
County budget staff are estimating that the county has about $27 million left over from the last fiscal year, which closed June 30.
Board Chairwoman Sharon Bulova (D-At large) is proposing to spend about $6 million of that to give all full-time county employees a one-time $500 bonus. Employees did not receive any pay increase in the fiscal 2014 budget year.
During a meeting Tuesday, the majority of board members indicated support for an employee bonus of some kind.
“I think we need to show our employees that they are our most valuable asset,” said Supervisor Pat Herrity (R-Springfield).
Supervisor Gerry Hyland (D-Mount Vernon) proposed doing even more, spending about $12 million. The board will consider a range of options, Bulova said.
The board will discuss and vote on carryover spending in September, after the August recess.
County Executive Ed Long is proposing that the board hold most of the $27 million in reserve for fiscal 2015, but some board members indicated an interest in meeting other county needs, such as infrastructure repairs.
Supervisor Cathy Hudgins (D-Hunter Mill) asked that the board consider spending $2.8 million of an existing $8 million reserve set aside to deal with the impact of federal spending cuts to shore up the county’s housing programs. The county’s efforts to end homelessness have been severely hampered by the loss of federal housing choice vouchers, she said.
“Fairfax County should expect to see an increase in homelessness as a result of the [federal] actions,” she said.