Whatley said. “ One of which was to stay as we are. We were taking that action because open enrollment for state health begins in October and runs through November and we felt it was only fair for our employees to know what we were going to be able to pay given the cuts that we know we’ve got to make.
“ Now I don’t want to mislead anybody,” Whatley continued. “ The state health premiums are going up. They’re going up anyway whether we continue to pay the employees’ portion that we have been paying or not. We know according to preliminary information that we should expect another 3 percent cut next year which will amount to in the neighborhood of at least $ 3 million. So cuts are going to have to be made.”
As of now, board members have agreed to leave things as they are with no change in the level of the board’s participation in the employee’s portion of the health premium.