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Wednesday, December 3, 2008

Cutting benefits to cut costs?

City Councilman Mark McGrath, R-District 2, asked members of the council’s Democratic majority Wednesday to support the idea of eliminating health care benefits for council members to save taxpayers money.

According to McGrath, council members are currently in the open enrollment process for health care, which he believed should not be offered to part-time employees in the first place.

Council President Clement Campana, D-At Large, said the council certainly could discuss the option but couldn't speak for those who do receive health care benefits from the city because he personally did not.

There are currently a total four council members using the city-providing health insurance program, according to the city's Personnel Department, but their names could not be revealed because of HIPAA regulations.

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3 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

I wonder if Mr. McGrath checked with his fellow Republican Councilmen on cutting this perk. One I know receives a $2,700 plus buy-out from a County Job for not using County Insurance.

I do agree with the Councilman however, eliminate these overly generous benefits for part-time employees. The cut should apply to part time Coporation Counsel positions also.

December 8, 2008 at 4:38 PM 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The County does not offer a buy-out for Health Insurance . Get your facts strait.

December 9, 2008 at 6:09 AM 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Some other counties do and if you remember the Renss. County Leg. Dems where pushing that kind of buy out deal for ALL county employees. Can you imagine the start-up cost???

December 9, 2008 at 11:57 AM 

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