October 17, 2012 8:47 AM
LYNNEA LOMBARDO, Staff Writer
Two measures that voters will see on the November ballot could decrease the hours worked by the San Bernardino County Board of Supervisors, greatly decreasing their yearly income by making their positions part-time, pending voter approval.
Current charters specify that San Bernardino County supervisors hold full-time positions and have annual salaries that are based on the average salaries paid to supervisors in Riverside, Orange, San Diego and Los Angeles counties. Their charters also specify that their salaries are adjusted when the salaries of supervisors in neighboring counties are adjusted.
According to the Registrar of Voters, Measure Q provides that the annual compensation of each supervisor, including salary and benefits, would be based on the average compensation payable to supervisors in Riverside, Orange and San Diego counties — minus that of Los Angeles County, because they are paid more. Although this measure will slightly reduce the salaries of board members, it does not address benefits, retirement, staffing costs or full-time status.
“Even if the averages are lowered, I think it’s still too high,” said Rick Roelle, a candidate running for 1st District supervisor.
Measure Q will also require the posting of the maximum salary and benefits payable to all county elected officials on the county website, a move that proponents say will increase openness and transparency in the system.
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