Saturday, January 8, 2011 – 09:55 a.m.

San Bernardino County has finally received the expected bad news on the pension front this week.

County Supervisors are scheduled to approve new contribution rates to the county pension system at their meeting this Tuesday.

The employer contribution rate for general employees will increase by 19.48%.

The employer contribution rate for safety employees will increase by 16.44%.

The increase in rates is expected to add pressure to the county’s next fiscal year, which commences on July 1.