Wednesday, March 21, 2012 – 09:45 a.m.
An initiative to amend the San Bernardino County charter to reduce the pay, status and staffs of county supervisors is headed to the ballot.
The “Part-Time Pay for Part-Time Work” initiative, a measure backed by county unions, has officially qualified to go before county voters.
The Registrar of Voters is set to make a formal announcement later this morning.
The initiative, if passed, will reduce county supervisors total annual compensation from more than $200,000 to just $60,000.
Aside form the pay cut, the measure will also reduce a supervisor’s individual annual staff budget to $250,000.
The initiative, which is likely to pass in the current political environment, would be the first time county voters would cut elected official compensation.
County unions collected more than 70,000 signatures in a short window to qualify the measure.
An amount equal to more than 163% of the required 43,000 signatures needed.
The ballot box fight is a result of soured relations between the county and employee bargaining Associations over contract concession demands.
The contract for county sheriff’s deputies and district attorney investigators expired last weekend, and the county’s chief executive is demanding steep concessions.
Sources say that bargaining sessions between county management and the San Bernardino County Safety Employees’ Benefit Association (SEBA) have lacked any serious substance.