PRE­MI­UMS

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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.

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