Monday, April 4, 2011 – 05:40 a.m.

San Bernardino County’s salaried-exempt employees are about to be on the receiving end of imposed benefit cuts.

County Chief Executive Officer Greg Devereaux is recommending county supervisors make the following benefit changes effective June 2011.

* Eliminate the 7% contribution the county pays into the pension fund on the employees behalf.

* Reduce the step increase increments from 5.0% to 2.5%.

* Convert the $500 per month benefit plan allowance to a non-pensionable subsidy.

The changes, which exclude elected officials, are projected to save the county $5.1 million annually.

Should the county not receive equivalent concessions, negotiated or imposed, from all county bargaining units, the aforementioned changes will be void.

The changes, which are expected to gain approval at Tuesday’s meeting of the Board of Supervisors, is designed to help mitigate the largest budget deficit in San Bernardino County history.