Increment auto-numbering counter without displaying it

I’m trying to put together an omnibus of several books. I wanted to have the page numbers reset for each section. But, I’ve found I don’t have a way to increment the auto-numbering place holder without displaying it.

For example if I have a footer for showing: <$n:sectionPageNumber>

But, that is not being displayed on blank pages. Then when I have a blank page the page numbers go:

12, [nothing], 13

But, if on the blank page in between I could put: <$inc_sectionPageNumber><$BLANKPAGE>

The page numbers would then go:

12, [nothing], 14

I’d love to be able to have a resetable named page number place holder.