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HUNTINGDON (November 29) — Employees hired at the Carroll County Electric Department on January 1, 2019 and later, will not have the same benefits-rich package as the existing employees of the …
HUNTINGDON (November 29) — Employees hired at the Carroll County Electric Department on January 1, 2019 and later, will not have the same benefits-rich package as the existing employees of the local municipal electric company.
In an unanimous vote, the board chose to pay 100 percent of the employees’ major medical insurance and none of the insurance premiums of the employees’ dependents for anyone hired after January 1. All existing employees are still eligible for the current plan, in which the company pays 100 percent of the employees’ and their dependents premiums.
The decision to reduce benefits came after they learned the premiums for 2019 are increasing 4.3 percent, or $27,000 annually. The previous year, the rate was slated to increase 23 percent, however, the board was able to reconfigure coverage to reduce the increase to 2.8 percent in 2018. The uncertainty of the cost of insurance was a deciding factor in making the change.
The county of Carroll eliminated paying for dependent care in the year 2010 to control costs. The county pays 75 percent of the employees’ coverage and none of the dependents’.
In other business, Danny Brawner, department manager, said the department’s personnel will meet Thursday, December 6 with representatives of the company installing the new “smart” meters at each and every home and business. Meters should arrive in January and be completely installed throughout the county in early 2019. The new meters will eliminate the need for the monthly visit by meter readers as each meter will report electrical usage electronically.
The next meeting is December 27, 2:30 at the Board Office on Paris Street.