County employees opting for single-coverage health insurance will again not have to pay monthly premiums after the
But at least two commissioners believe that perhaps in the years to come, employees should have to contribute.
The discussion came after commissioners approved the new policy, which saw a 6.5 per cent increase from 2022.
Waterman said that one of three options available for single coverage offers almost
“So everybody wants a good percentage increase (in salary),” Waterman said. “Maybe next year is the time to start thinking ahead.”
VanDusen said he liked the new plan and said it was a benefit offered to county employees.
“It’s an advantage. A huge advantage,” VanDusen said. “I like it and was happy to see it go up by just 6%. I’m not saying we don’t need to look at that, but it’s one thing that when people decide to come and work for the county or staying with county health insurance is a great thing.
Hanten said insurance benefits are one thing the county can do to entice qualified people to work for the county and retain them.
County employees have three options based on deductible costs. All offer free premiums for single coverage. The county pays half of the premium costs for family plans.
The compilation of real estate appraisals will begin soon
Brugman, Director of Equalization, provided monthly reports
Constant said his office is completing field valuation work and the property valuation process will soon begin.
Foust noted that there had been a “significant increase” in mental health issues in the county. She spoke with
Foust also said the Helpline Center, which began serving Watertown earlier this year, is able to handle calls 93% of the time without needing to call law enforcement. She told the commissioners that her department continues to work on obtaining a van formerly used by the Veterans Services Bureau. The owner of the van is the
In other actions, the commissioners:
* Approved a seasonal
* Created an account with Reliabank of Watertown which will be used for bookings made at
* Accepted one