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August 29, 2013

Funding questions plague Floyd County

Camm trial expenses, skyrocketing insurance costs pose challenges

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FLOYD COUNTY — Health insurance increase

Due to increase in catastrophic claims in 2013 and other costs, Floyd County is staring at a huge health insurance increase through Humana in 2014. In the past, the county has absorbed all increases, but that could be difficult to maintain if it goes up to $1 million.

Clark said the county’s insurance agent, Rick Zoeller with Neace Lukens, is looking for the best deal. However, there is no way to avoid some sort of increase, he said.

“It would be difficult for this council to come up with $800,000 or a $1 million increase for insurance,” Schellenberger said. “We need to be able to plan for this. We need to get a committee together and look at alternatives.”

An increase in employee deductibles could be the answer, but Freiberger said most county employees haven’t seen a pay raise in more than a decade so keeping health care costs at a minimum has been their only perk.

Councilman Jim Wathen said the council needs to find a way to budget for pay increases in order to keep experienced, good employees.

“When employees haven’t had a pay increase in 12 years, that is a hard sell,” he said. “How can we find a significant pay increase for these employees?”

Recorder Lois Endris said she already has employees working more than one job. She said if the council raises the deductibles, employees don’t make enough to pay for the increase.

The council will hold budget meetings Sept. 10 following the Tuesday work session.

 

 

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