Public Hearing, July 23, 2012
PUBLIC HEARING of the Ohio Town Board was held on Monday, July 23, 2012 at 7:00 PM at the Recreation Building
The Following Officials were present:
Supervisor: Scott Bagetis
Town Clerk: Sandra Gates
Councilmembers: George Lawson, Ed Luther, Michelle Barrows and Gordon Roark
Highway Superintendent: Jim Nightingale
Also present: Secretary Pat Reuter, Book keeper Julianne Maxwell, Codes Enforcement Officer Jeff Greene, Assessors David Rhea and Berdet Barrows and several Town residents
The Meeting was called to order by Supervisor Bagetis at 7:00 PM.
The Pledge of Allegiance was said by all.
PROPOSED LOCAL LAW #1-2012
Supervisor Bagetis set rules for the public hearing. Each person would have five minutes to address/comment to board members.
Proposed Local Law # 1-2012 was read by Supervisor Bagetis.
Assessor Rhea gave the Supervisor the following petition:
Due to the ever increasing cost of Health care, the Town of Ohio will no longer provide healthcare coverage or in lieu of health care payments for any of its’ elected or appointed Officials. Existing Coverage and Payments shall cease at the end of each Official’s or Appointee’s current term of office.
This petition shall be voted on for approval at the next election by the voters of the Town of Ohio.
Fred Reuter stated that everyone that runs for office knows what the pay is. The taxpayers should not be burdened with the high cost of Health Insurance.
Michael Kermizian stated that elected officials are public servants and due to the high cost of health insurance it should be on the November ballot for the taxpayer to vote on.
Pat Reuter stated the stipend was given by board members it was not voted on by the public.
Supervisor Bagetis stated since the in lieu of health insurance is part of the elected officials salary, to pass the law it must be a mandatory referendum on the November ballot. He also stated he has compared other Towns similar to ours and they do not offer part time elected officials health insurance.
He would like to eliminate health insurance for part time elected officials and that could be done by the board with a resolution; either by sunset which would end health insurance at the end of a term or by grandfathering which would end health insurance at the age of 65.
July 23, 2012
Councilmember Luther stated taxpayers should not be burdened with the in Lieu of Health Care; he would like to pass the proposed law.
Councilmember Lawson would like to pass the proposed law.
Councilmember Barrows stated she was told when she took office that she had to take the $3,000.00 in lieu of health care as it was part of her salary; Councilmember Roark was told the same.
Councilmember Roark made a motion to adjourn at 7:30 PM, second by Councilmember Lawson. So carried.