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Perry trustees OK health plan benefit

PERRY TWP. — Trustees approved a new option related to health insurance benefits Monday, allowing for cash payments to township officials and employees in lieu of the township’s health insurance plan.

“The whole idea behind that is the savings,” Trustee Chair Steve Bailey said.

The township will still offer health insurance benefits, but in some cases, a trustee or an employee can go on a spouse’s plan. In that case, the trustee or employee can get a cash payout from the township of up to 25 percent of the premium cost that would have been paid by the township for their health insurance coverage.

The person subscribing to what’s known as a cafeteria plan must show proof of coverage under another health insurance policy to qualify for the cash payment.

In the case of Trustee Don Rudibaugh, the savings to the township could be up to $10,000 for him to go on his wife’s policy.

“I’m glad we’re doing that,” Trustee Jim Armeni said.

Under finances, Fiscal Officer John Volio reported the township was in good shape for all funds, but did note a big drop in the gasoline tax income. The revenue had been estimated at $183,000 for the year but through May, the amount so far was $56,000.

“We are way behind on what we estimated,” he said.

But at the same time, he said he’s estimating even with the decrease from people staying home and not traveling, the township could end up with a positive balance at the end of the year of about $68,000. He said if the township still does the various road projects already in the budget, the carryover for that fund will get eaten up but they’ll still have that positive balance.

The township had estimated a higher revenue from the gasoline tax this year since the state raised the tax last year. Last year in January and February, the income was about $7,500 per month. This year in those same months, which are normally slow months for gasoline tax, the income was $10,500 per month.

In zoning, six permits were issued in May. Armeni reported they now have the health department involved in a nuisance property the township has been dealing with on North Lincoln Avenue.

Bailey reported receiving a quote of $12,200 for a metal roof for the south station, noting they’ll look at the situation during the next meeting. They also talked about some work at the north station/administration building. The trustees entered into executive session for personnel at the end of the meeting, with no action to be taken.

mgreier@salemnews.net

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