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County considers changes to benefits

 

SARAH LOWERY

Staff Writer

 

Changes to some of the county’s personnel policies will be weighed by the Board of Commissioners during tonight’s regular meeting.

The board had requested a review of several of the county’s standing policies during its planning workshop in December, appointing a committee to head up the task.

Members of the committee included Commission Vice Chairman Carl Robinson, Commissioner Cecelia Martin, Assistant County Manager Martha Lide, County Manager George Wood and Human Resources Director Audrey Setzer.

Three policies could face changes should commissioners move forward with the committee’s recommendations, including one that would determine the percentages paid by both the county and employees for the next fiscal year’s medical insurance plan. The committee recommends that trends be reviewed on an annual basis, rather than having a set percentage, according to a memo from the committee to commissioners.

Another potential change would affect medical insurance coverage for county retirees. Though the committee recommends that there be no change for employees hired before July 1, those that are hired or rehired after that date would no longer be able to receive full medical insurance coverage at no cost after retiring with 25 or more years of service.

The committee also recommends that the county continue to allow employees who have worked a minimum of 15 years for Lincoln County to purchase medical insurance at the full cost of coverage, with the employee required to pay both the employee and the county contribution to the plan.

A final change to be considered by commissioners would result in the county no longer offering paid health insurance to employees that receive disability retirement with the Local Governmental Employees’ Retirement System, affecting employees who were hired by the county on or after July 1, 2008.

Other items on tonight’s Board of Commission meeting agenda include:

A public hearing will be conducted for a road name change for Burton Wood Lane.

Commissioners will consider a renewal for the county’s medical insurance plan for the next fiscal year.

Commissioners will consider setting a public hearing for the May 6 meeting regarding debt issuance.

The meeting begins at 6:30 p.m. at the Citizens Center and is open to the public.

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