Health insurance for commissioners debated in Ross
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Should Ross taxpayers pay for health insurance for township commissioners and their families?
A proposal to phase out health insurance for commissioners led to a heated debate at Monday's regular meeting.
Commissioner Chris Rand Eyster said the move would save $150,000 per year.
"Most municipalities do not provide health insurance for their commissioners," he said. "We do a part-time job, which is a public service."
But commission Chairman Dan Kinross reminded Mr. Eyster that he voted against commissioners paying a portion of the health insurance cost when Mr. Kinross recommended it two years ago.
"I'm changing my position," Mr. Eyster said.
Commissioner Gerald O'Brien argued against discontinuing the health insurance payments.
"You're over 65. You should be on Medicare," Mr. Eyster said.
"I'm not going on Medicare. I'm self-insured," Mr. O'Brien said.
"But I'm glad you're looking after my health. That's wonderful," he added.
First Published November 15, 2011 5:42 am