Danedri Thompson
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Employees of the city of Spring Hill will have to contribute to their own health insurance plans, city council members decided last week. In previous years, the city paid 100 percent of employee health plans while employees contributed 20 percent to the plan for family.
That won’t be possible next year, city administrator Jonathan Roberts told council members during a meeting on June 10.
“In the past, when there’s been a 3 or 4 percent increase, we’ve thought as a city we could absorb the increased cost,” Roberts said.
However, next year’s health care plan costs will increase by more than 10 percent.
Roberts said the city received a number of bids for health insurance, but wanted to stay with their current provider. He explained that the current provider, Midwest Public Risk, offered a competitive bid and would allow employees to stick with their existing doctors.
“If you switch companies, you throw that providers list up in the air,” Roberts said.
Under the current plan, the city pays $25,766 each month to provide health insurance to employees and their families. Collectively, employees contribute $2,746 each month.
Under the plan adopted by council members last week, the city will pay less each month next year while the employees’ contribution to the plan will increase. The city will contribute $25,243 toward employees’ health care plan, and collectively, employees will contribute $4,007 each month.
In other business, council members:
• approved permits to sell fireworks to three different applicants. The applicants each requested larger tents than the city’s fireworks ordinance allows, but council members plan to amend the ordinance at a later meeting so larger tents can be used.
• approved a cereal malt beverage license for Gambino’s Pizza.
• approved an engineering agreement for Community Development Block Grant sanitary sewer improvements.