Prince William County Board chambers

All Prince William County employees will receive one-time bonuses ranging from $250 to $1,000.

During its meeting Tuesday, the Board of County Supervisors voted 6-1 with one abstention to use about $5.3 million to pay for the bonuses.

Supervisor Pete Candland, R-Gainesville, voted against the measure, and Supervisor Yesli Vega. R-Coles, abstained.

The vote was to appropriate $12.5 million in total revenue from the state, with about $5.3 million for the county and about $7.1 million going to the school division. The school division’s portion will go into its operating fund.

The money was essentially a surplus after the county budgeted to cover the revenue shortfall with the expectation that Virginia would eliminate the 1% sales tax on groceries that goes to local governments. The General Assembly deferred a decision on the grocery tax until next year.

The county’s approximately 4,347 full-time employees will receive a $1,000 bonus. The roughly 347 part-time employees will receive $500. All seasonal, temporary and provisional employees, about 1,454 people, would receive $250 each.

“This gives us an opportunity to again recognize the hard work staff is doing out there in the community,” said Interim County Executive Elijah Johnson. 

Candland opposed the measure, saying the county shouldn’t immediately allocate the revenue while inflation remains a problem. He said at some point the government needs to say “no more handouts” and “no more distribution of wealth from one group to another.”

“I think it’s premature to take this money and immediately turn around and spend it,” he said.

Board Chair Ann Wheeler, D-At-Large, said it was more “fiscally responsible” to give employees a bonus rather than a pay raise because the latter would increase costs moving forward.

Supervisor Jeanine Lawson, R-Brentsville, said the bonuses would show a measure of support to public safety.

“I think we definitely need to send a message to our county employees, especially our public safety, that we value you,” she said.


Nolan Stout covers Prince William County. Reach him at or @TheNolanStout on Facebook and Twitter.

(4) comments

Doug Sharp

So according to this article the teachers were to recieve the same and the school system said no we will just keep it and add it to our operational budget?? Wtf? How is that allowed?

Brad London

Why should every employee receive a bonus? A bonus should only be given to the top 10% of employees, if that, based strictly on objectively measured merit. This is just another liberal waste of taxpayers money. Vote them out.

Fix Prince William

At least Candland stands by his vote...even though he's still a sleezy crook.

I wonder how the police feel about Vega (former police) abstaining. She has no spine.

Wheeler and her Dem cronies are just trying to save face with liberals as they pave the county.

Sacagawea Lax

Once the paving project is completed, they may as well brand their initials into the new fresh ass fault, I mean asphalt.


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