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Fairfax County Executive: No Pay Increases Expected in Fiscal Year 2014

With budget shortfalls on the horizon, Fairfax County employee pay could take a hit this year.

Fairfax County employees likely won't see pay increases in Fiscal Year 2014, according to County Executive Ed Long.

The county faces dramatic budget shortfalls over the next two years and pay increases this year might not be financially feasible, Long told supervisors Tuesday during a divisive discussion of a new proposed employee pay structure.

In Long’s proposed plan, which would kick in after FY 2014, county employees would get a cost of living increase (estimated to be about 2 percent) in odd-numbered years and be eligible for regular and performance-based pay bumps in even-numbered years.

Public safety employees would still receive increases based on longevity annually, but public safety merit increases would be paid in even-numbered years.

The system is estimated to save the county roughly $30 million.

The county's school board, whose funding comes largely from an annual transfer from the supervisors,  is hoping to give its employees a 1 percent market adjustment next year. 

For county employees, a one percent market rate adjustment across the board in FY 2014 would cost the county roughly $11 million, officials said. 

But the likelihood of such an increase depends on the county’s proposed budget, which Long will present next Tuesday to the Board of Supervisors.

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