2010-11-24 / News

County employees to receive one-time bonus

Board of Supervisors
By Greg Pearson

County government employees whose last performance review was satisfactory or above and have worked for the county at least one year will receive a one-time bonus of 3 percent on Dec. 17. The board of supervisors approved the bonus on a 4-1 vote last week.

There are five possible grades for employee evaluations. Bermuda Supervisor Dorothy Jaeckle, who dissented, wanted to give larger percentage bonuses to those who received better evaluations. “We should differentiate between average and excellence,” she said.

“We’ve got fewer people doing more work,” commented Board Chairman Dan Gecker.

The bonus will be funded using savings from FY10, which ended June 30.

Gecker again complained about the media’s focus on the $4.75 million bonus when most of the $28 million savings was set aside for an anticipated shortfall for FY12, which starts July 1. The county is reserving $10.3 million and returning $9.5 million to the school system. Another $150,000 goes to eliminate a youth sports fee recently enacted, $3.25 million for capital expenses and $100,000 for community organizations. Chesterfield expects lower real estate revenues for FY12 because of declining property values and less state funding.

According to Allan Carmody, budget and management director, the county’s Citizen Budget Advisory Committee is generally supportive of how the savings is being allocated but is “not in total agreement.” The committee didn’t recommend any specific changes.

The county also received a clean bill of health for FY10 from independent auditor KPMG, despite more accounting regulations because federal funding increased to $83 million.

Tax exemptions

The board set public hearings for tax exemptions for the Eppington Foundation on 63.5 acres (saving $331 for next year) and the Cultural Center of India ($777) at 6641 Ironbridge Parkway. Because the annual cap on tax savings is $5,000, the board would set that maximum for the Salvation Army store on Midlothian Turnpike, the Richmond Kickers Youth Soccer Club on Ridgedale Parkway, the Goodwill store on Iron Bridge Road and the Virginia State Golf Association (VSGA). Two and a half holes of the Independence Golf Club, owned by the VSGA, are located in Chesterfield.

Other actions

• The board authorized County Administrator Jay Stegmaier to execute a $1.47 million contract with United General Contractors to replace an exterior wall and upgrade the HVAC system of the two- and three-story portion of the administration building. A section of the building that houses county police operations has asbestos caulking and lead paint from the 1950s.

• The board also authorized $3.3 million to be spent for a 2-million gallon water tank and waterline for the Cosby Water Storage Tank. Landmark Structures won the bid.

• The board approved $120,000 for renovations and additions to the Manchester Volunteer Rescue Squad. Funding came from the capital reserves.

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