Madison County supervisors vote down ending free health insurance

The Board of Supervisors voted down a resolution to end its free health care at the Dec. 4 meeting.

The resolution would have amended the 2010 budget to end the free health care, which is optional, and discounted dental plan and raised supervisors' salary by $7,442. The proposal was estimated to save $45,207 in 2010 if it had passed.

Only four supervisors, Chairman John Becker (Sullivan), Russell Hammond (Georgetown), Russell Cary (Fenner) and Ron Bono (Madison), voted in favor.

Supervisors Rocco DiVeronica (Lenox) and Richard Williams (Nelson) were not present.

The board, with the free health insurance intact, later approved the 2010 budget.

At the end of the meeting, Lebanon Supervisor James Goldstein tried one more time for cost saving measures, providing the board with a resolution recommending a study for changing the benefit policy. Goldstein's recommendation included a 10 percent cost sharing in the health insurance costs by elected officials and management for an approximate saving of $100,000 annually.

However, Goldstein was the lone vote of support.

In other business, the board adopted Local Law No. 4 with fixed salaries off the following county officials:

Administrator at $85,122

Public Health Director at $80,871

Commissioner of Social Services at $77,060

Sheriff at $73,500

Highway Superintendent at $73,427

Treasurer at $72,839

Real Property Tax Services Director at $60,870

Personnel Officer at $59,604

Clerk at $56,289

Election Commissioner at $50,084

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