Monday, July 25, 2016 – 08:55 a.m.

Is there a new collective bargaining agreement for San Bernardino County sheriff’s deputies in the near future?

That may just be the case if the rumor mill is true.  And if deputies vote yes on the deal.

The word is out that county supervisors are ready to place a new contract for approval on their August 10 agenda.

The scuttlebutt has the proposed three-year contract providing annual cost-of-living adjustments of 3 percent.

In addition to the base wage increase is small increases in benefits.

The proposed contract does nothing to recovering the extensive give-backs the county extracted from the deputies during the Great Recession. Nor does the proposed agreement lift the deputies from the bottom rungs of pay parity when compared to other Inland Empire law enforcement agencies.

The agreement would keep the agency from falling further behind.

But in the end is that really good enough.

I don’t think so.

The deputies are represented by the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Employees’ Benefit Association (SEBA).