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Riverside Co. supervisors take pay cut

June 17, 2009 12:00:00 AM PDT
Members of the Riverside County Board of Supervisors are offering to take a pay cut to help ease the county's financial problems.The pay cut would be 10 percent, or more than $14,000.

Supervisors and other elected officials say they want to show their commitment to developing a budget solution.

Supervisors Roy Wilson and Marion Ashley started the push to cut wages at last week's board meeting. Over the following days other board members and elected county officials joined in the effort.

The salary reductions would be in place for a year and could be renewed.

"Leadership starts at the top," said Chairman Jeff Stone. "We need to lead by example and do everything possible to maintain services and save jobs. Hopefully, the economic downturn will be short-lived and we'll see improvement as soon as possible."

Due to the economic downturn and foreclosure crisis, Riverside County faces a $130 million short fall for the fiscal year that begins July 1.

The board has already authorized salary cuts and benefit reductions for county managers. The board will deal with that issue next week.

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