Joe Nelson, Staff Writer
Posted: 05/14/2013 05:17:03 PM PDT

San Bernardino County Chief Executive Officer Greg Devereaux presented the first budget projections for the next fiscal year to the Board of Supervisors on Tuesday.

With a deficit expected to swell from $1.1 million to $20.4 million by 2017, Devereaux proposed measures for the county to stay on solid ground as the economy rebounds.

He proposed an earned-leave program in which each county department sets aside an employee’s accrued vacation/leave time so it is available should an employee opt to cash it all out when their employment with the county ends.

In the past, substantial pay-outs to employees have forced departments to leave positions vacant until that money is replenished.

“The proper way to fund leave is whatever is accumulated you should be setting aside to pay the person off when that person leaves,” Devereaux said.

The Sheriff’s Department took the front seat on many of the budget issues.

Growth money from AB109 -the Public Safety Realignment Act that shifted oversight of parolee from the state to county probation departments – will allow the county to add more staff at the Adelanto Detention Center and open a new wing at the jail. In addition, the county is setting aside $15.7 million in one-time funding for a new crime lab and $4.5 million for the relocation of the sheriff’s aviation division from Rialto Airport to San Bernardino International Airport.

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