Supervisors Agree to Cut Benefits

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(Best Syndication News) At their meeting this week, the San Bernardino County Board of Supervisors (BOS) agreed to cut their benefits. The move could save the taxpayer more than $240,000 per year.

David Wert, a spokesperson for the county, tells Best Syndication that during last year’s Grand Jury review of salaries, it was determined that changes needed to be made. Although the county charter limits the salaries to comparable salaries in Orange and Riverside Counties, the benefits were out of line.

This prompted Second District Supervisor Janice Rutherford to propose a change.

"At a time when we are asking all of our staff and all of our departments and all of our programs to do more with less, at a time when our residents and taxpayers are running their households and their businesses and their lives with less, it is incumbent on us as elected leaders of this county to show that we can do more with less, too," Rutherford said.

The benefits added nearly $121,000 to each supervisor’s total compensation. To make the compensation commensurate with a voter-approved amendment, $48,000 needed to be cut our of each supervisor’s benefits.

Since there are five supervisors, the county will save an estimated $240,000 per year.

By: Dan Wilson

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