County supes to approve $2.63 million for SVL fire station
January 23, 2012 4:57 PM
Natasha Lindstrom, Staff Writer

SAN BERNARDINO • Two weeks after slashing their own benefits, San Bernardino County’s supervisors Tuesday will consider extending the compensation cuts to all county elected offices.

The county Board of Supervisors unanimously agreed Jan. 10 to reduce the benefits paid to elected supervisors by 40 percent, or $48,108, putting the board in line with elected supervisors in Riverside, Orange and San Diego counties.

At the time, 3rd District Supervisor Neil Derry called for applying the same cuts to elected offices countywide. A proposal up for vote today seeks to do just that.

Derry and 2nd District Supervisor Janice Rutherford are asking for the County Administrative Office to review the total compensation for elected officials in several counties and bring back a draft ordinance eliminating or reducing benefits this county’s elected officials, including the Sheriff, District Attorney, Asessor/Recorder/County Clerk and Auditor-Controller/Treasurer/Tax Collector.

The board will also consider a proposed ballot measure that would prevent supervisors from increasing retirement benefits for any employee, legislative officer or elected official without first getting voter approval. It would make exceptions for cost of living adjustments. Rutherford and 4th District Supervisor Gary Ovitt are sponsoring the proposal. Similar measures have gone into effect in San Diego and Orange County, the agenda states.

Among other items of interest on the agenda:

• Approve a $2.63 million project budget for a new Spring Valley Lake fire station. Award a $210,091 consultant agreement to STK Architecture Inc. The 1.4-acre site at the corner of Tamarisk and Huerta roads cost $152,340, and construction is expected to cost $1.8 million.

• Discuss the new discretionary fund spending plan. County supervisors voted in June to prohibit the funds from being spent on staffing and pet projects after a heated debate in the summer. First District Supervisor Mitzelfelt had defended the traditional discretionary spending process with funding important community projects, including the SVL fire station and Victor Valley Museum. Staff is recommending the board require quarterly spending approvals and other requirements while exhausting remaining discretionary funds.

• Approve appointments to the Oak Hills Municipal Advisory Council. The board is set to appoint M.F. “Skip” Bond, Lynn Buehler, Robert Downing, Carolyn Powles and Paul Rugge to the local advisory board.

• Add a Phelan road to the county maintained system. The county is set to incorporate into its system Cholame Road from Sheep Creek Road east to Valle Vista Road

Natasha Lindstrom may be reached at (760) 951-6232 or at NLindstrom@VVDailyPress.com.

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