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May 8, 2014

Clark County Commissioners decline to pass health insurance increase on to employees

JEFFERSONVILLE — Clark County employees have not received a raise in years and have seen the county’s contribution to their retirement funds disappear. The county commissioners declined to add more to their burden.

The commissioners voted unanimously Thursday not to pass along increases to the county’s health insurance plan to the employees.

“They’ve sacrificed enough,” said Commissioner Rick Stephenson.

The move means that the county will have to rewrite its economic development income tax, or EDIT, plan. EDIT funds currently pay for health insurance and the bonds that fund the county building authority.

“How much we change [the EDIT plan], we’ll have to see,” said Commissioners President Jack Coffman.

The total increase to the county’s health insurance costs this coming plan year is about $566,000. It could have been $100,000 more than that, but the commissioners elected to increase maximum out-of-pocket expenses at their meeting April 23, Commissioner John Perkins noted.

Perkins said that if the county experiences low claims in the early going of the new plan year, the commissioners could transfer some of the EDIT funds back to the building authority to reduce the impact of a potential mandate.

The building authority requires about $970,000 annually to service bonds and maintain the building.

INTERLOCAL AGREEMENT SIGNED

The commissioners unanimously approved an ordinance that includes two interlocal agreements with the city of Jeffersonville for vehicle maintenance and fuel purchasing.

Some county departments were sending vehicles to the city garage to refuel and receive maintenance work, but Jeffersonville’s city council became concerned about liability issues when the informal arrangements came to light, Coffman said.

The health department was getting service on its vehicles, while some sheriff’s department vehicles were fueling up in Jeffersonville, Coffman said.

The cost of labor for service, per the terms of the contract, is $19 an hour.

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