Letter: A pay raise for school board members?

They say public service can be a thankless job.

Well, the burden should be a bit lighter for members of our Rappahannock County School Board if their proposed 2015-2016 budget is adopted. Buried in the 38-page “Working Document” unveiled Tuesday evening are increased pay and new benefits that amount to a 700-percent pay raise for each school board member — voted for by none other than the school board members themselves.

Now some may say the school board has a tin ear as Rappahannock taxpayers face yearly property tax increases to underwrite its insatiable appetite for evermore spending for two small schools. But I say, with apologies to the Gershwin brothers, nice work if you can get it.

Jeffrey E. Knight, CPA
Washington

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