Councilman Gibson Proposes Elimination of Council Health Insurance for Tipp City Council

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In a memo shared with the press, Tipp City Council Member Joe Gibson is proposing that the City eliminate health insurance coverage for members of city council effective the end of this year.  The idea was initially floated amongst council members in a study session during Council’s March 7, 2011 meeting. The measure however was also tied to an increase ($4,000) in the cash compensation that council receives.  After discussion, neither measure was brought up for consideration by council.   Taken together, the measures lacked the support they needed for passage.  Gibson intends on introducing the measure on health insurance alone at next Monday’s City Council Meeting. Unlike the straw votes cast on March 7th, a super-majority (5) votes will not be necessary, Gibson must coordinate only 4 for passage of the ordinance.

Gibson requested that Council place on the March 21, 2011 Council Meeting Agenda the proposed ordinance to eliminate the health care by itself.

“After reviewing the ordinance dealing with health insurance as proposed, and in discussing it at length with many members of the community, I believe that City Council should consider formal passage of this ordinance” stated Gibson who at the time also made it clear that the elimination of health insurance for Council members should not be tied to a pay increase, or any other measure.  “As stated in the meeting, I was and continue to be against the measure increasing the compensation for Council members.”   Gibson went on to state “I am requesting that the proposed ordinance dealing with the elimination of Council health insurance and only this proposed ordinance be placed on the agenda for Monday’s meeting.”

“I believe that the citizens want this from us, and at this crucial time where we are asking residents to pay more taxes, this is a good way to show leadership, and demonstrate our level of commitment to the community.” Gibson said.

Council Medical Makeup
5 of the 7 members of Council currently receive the City health insurance benefit.  Mayor Dee Gillis, Council President Pat Hale, John Kessler, and George Lovett receive the coverage paid for pursuant to the city ordinance which requires the City to pay 88% of the premium and the employee to pay 12%.  Councilman Gibson has stated that he also receives the City’s health insurance, however he reimburses the City 100% of its premium.

While opposed to the ordinance when tied to the pay increase, Gibson appears more amenable to significant cuts for members of council who have received these stated benefits since 1992 when Council first enacted the ordinance providing them with group hospitalization/major medical insurance coverage.
Gibson shared, “Many of us have run for council not for the pay and not for the health insurance benefits, but because we have been called upon by our neighbors and fellow citizens to serve.”

The proposal is expected to be introduced at Monday’s City Council meeting on March 21st, with the final vote at the next meeting set for April 4th. Council meetings are open to the public and start at 7:30 p.m. at the Government Center on Garber Drive.

 

15 COMMENTS

  1. Thanks for stepping up Joe, we need more people on city council with the integrity, values, and character that you bring to the table. You have and continue to deliver on your campaign promises, and I for one respect that! True to your word, keep up the great work Joe.

        • I'm not disappointed. I'm actually glad you are reading the comments. It's just too bad you only listen to those you agree with.

          • I made the complements to Joe, he's earned my respect as a responsible unbiased member of Tipp City Council. Keep up the good work Joe, you've got a tremendous amount of support in this community.

          • I listen to all points of view. Whether I agree with them is another story. But I respect everyone's opinion. It's a shame there isn't more of this going around.

  2. The City also has an employee that is only 1/8 of an employee so about 5 hours a week. He gets his health insurance paid for by the city and the city pays $6,170 a year in retirement for this employee. This is over $18K a year. Lets add this to the ordinance. This would add up to $180,000 over the next ten years of the proposed tax levy. This would pave a lot of the roads. We do not need to pass such a large tax levy. Vote no and wait until Nov and pass one that is the correct amount.

    • There's that funny math of yours again. At the latest reported rate of over $139,000 to pave a mile of road in 2009 the savings would hardly take care of any serious road paving needs in this city. It might fill a few potholes though.
      And why don't you say the "employee" is the Law Director? Because that would change the tone of your argument?

      • I never said it would pave a mile of road, it would be a good start on a way to save money for this city. But over the ten year levy you are supporting it would pave about one and a quarter mile. This is more than the city has paved in the past two years. Yes it is the Law Director since you want to call him out. You are always critical of any suggestion on how to not waste money and your only solution is to raise taxes. Are you for this expense and feel it is the best way to spend the city's money?

        • Yes, I'm for the "expense". Why don't you quit looking at the cost of everything and start looking at the value some of these things provide? I am certain the Law Director puts in A LOT more time than what he is compensated for so I do not consider this a "waste" of money.
          If you going to suggest some savings then put some out here that have some teeth in them. Not these penny ante items.

          • I feel I have put out plenty of other options on saving money but you just do not want to accept them. I am not sure the Law Director puts in a lot more time than he is compensated. He is paid an hourly rate above the contracted hours. He is the one that recommended litigation with Warrior Racing that cost the city around $150,000. He personally billed for extra hours concerning Warrior litigation. So with this $150,000 if the city did not pursue the Warrior racing litigation a little over one mile of road in Tipp City would have been paved with out raising our taxes. As you call them these penne ante items are adding up to plenty of roads to be paved.

          • That is because I believe the options you present a) will not put a dent in the money needed for the planned capital expenditures and b) are worth what the city is paying for them.
            It wasn't the Law Director that cost the city money, it was Warrior Racing. They should have removed that crappy looking "mural" when they were asked to do so. This isn't Huber Heights.
            As I recall from the town hall meeting the cost of paved road is based on the price of oil and if that is the case you can bet that for a couple of hundred thousand dollars you aren't even going to get a mile of paved road. If predictions about the cost of oil are true the price of paving is going to go through the roof. So there is no way the things you point out as savings are going to give us plenty of paved roads.
            I'm all for expense management and I think the city has done a pretty good job of it. The longer the city waits on these projects the more it will cost. That's a fact.

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