The Albemarle County Board of Supervisors discussed how much to pay classified county workers and county school employees at a meeting Wednesday.
The joint meeting between the board of supervisors and school board adjourned shortly after 5 p.m. and their plan for competitive compensation between county government employees and school employees was one of the key discussion points.
Albemarle County salaries are currently below market rate. In order to keep up, the county's human resources department projects about a 2.5 percent salary increase is needed for classified employees for the 2013-2014 fiscal year.
Supervisors also asked the board to consider a merit-based compensation scale. They want to work on making the rates more attractive for teachers, so they don't end up losing them to other counties. They say they are constantly working on revenue and crunching the numbers.
"Compensation is such a big component of both the school board and general government's budgets," said Albemarle County Supervisor Dennis Rooker. "Early on we try to get some indication of where we might be in increases in compensation and what that might add to the budget."
Supervisors say the next step would be for human resources and the county executive to come back with a recommendation.