CHRISTIANSBURG — The Montgomery County Board of Supervisors voted 7-0 Monday in favor of raising their base annual salary from $11,000 to $14,000.

The chairman and vice chairwoman, who each receive salary supplements for assuming those responsibilities, will earn $16,000 and $15,400, respectively. The pay for those two positions is going up $3,200.

The raises, which required approval during an election year, will go into effect Jan. 1, 2020.

Supervisors began discussing raises last month for a few reasons, including the fact that the board hadn’t approved a pay bump for itself in 14 years. Supervisors also said that their responsibilities have grown over the years — and that some reasonable compensation is deserved.

“When I ran, I had no idea how much the board chair and vice chair had to do, and we hadn’t had a raise … in at least over a decade,” Supervisor Chris Tuck said.

One point Tuck has made in regards to the raises is that he was as past chairman required to attend both the bi-monthly supervisor meetings and another 50 or so other meetings a year.

Supervisors’ approval of their raises comes on the heels of the Montgomery County School Board deciding to raise its base annual salary from $4,800 to $7,200.

Below are salaries for some of the other municipal governing bodies in the region:

  • Blacksburg Town Council members earn $9,000 a year. The Blacksburg mayor earns $10,800.
  • Christiansburg Town Council members earn $5,446 a year. The Christiansburg mayor earns $7,252.
  • Roanoke City Council earlier this year voted to raise its pay to $23,000 a year and the mayor’s pay to $25,000. That’s a 34.4% raise for council, and a 13.6% bump for the mayor.

Roanoke City Council’s raises won’t take effect until July 1, 2020, after the next council election in May 2020.

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Yann Ranaivo covers local government and politics in the New River Valley, including Christiansburg, Blacksburg, Radford and Montgomery County.

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