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Employee compensation top priority for Mathews supervisors

The Mathews County Board of Supervisors set compensation for all employees as one of its top priorities during a budget work session last Wednesday, with several acknowledging that a tax increase will be needed.

However, board members stopped short of setting any specific amount for employee raises, with Charles Ingram calling the 13 percent increase requested by teachers “a little ridiculous,” and Pepper Love saying he wanted to “equalize salaries all across the board,” including both county and school employees.

“The worker bees have not kept up with the times,” Love said.

County Administrator Mindy Conner outlined the budget situation for supervisors, saying that revenues are expected to remain flat during the upcoming year, making a tax increase necessary if expenditures increase. She reminded the board that each penny increase in the real estate tax rate brings in around $160,000 in revenues, while each five-cent increase in the personal prop...

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