Quincy aldermen agree to increase budget line for City Council's health insurance

Posted: Feb. 11, 2013 11:27 pm Updated: Feb. 26, 2013 12:15 am

Herald-Whig Staff Writer

The Quincy City Council approved an ordinance Monday night that increased the line item for health insurance offered to aldermen by $14,147.

The city now expects to spend $85,647 on health insurance for the City Council this fiscal year. City Comptroller Ann Scott said when she was putting the budget together for the fiscal year, she did not take into account additional members who joined at the beginning of the fiscal year.

"That was short to begin with," she said. "I thought we could probably cover that, but then there were additions this year, and there just wasn't enough budget left there to cover it."

The $712 a month premium is paid for by the city.

Nine of 14 aldermen participate in the city's health insurance plan. According to a list obtained by The Herald-Whig, they are Aldermen Virgil Goehl, D-1; Glenda "LeXze" Mann, R-1; Dave Bauer, D-2; Paul Havermale, R-3; Kyle Moore, R-3; Mike Farha, R-4; Jennifer Lepper, R-5; Jim Musolino, R-6; and Terri Heinecke, R-7.

Health insurance also is provided to Mayor John Spring, City Clerk Jenny Hayden and City Treasurer Peggy Crim, who are full-time elected officials. The health insurance is the same insurance that is offered to the city's employees.

The city also covers the $712 a month premium for most city employees. Non-union, full-time employees and those represented by the transit union hired after May 1, 2011, pay 15 percent of the premium, while part-time employees who work at least 30 hours a week will pay 20 percent.

The cost for a city employee to provide health insurance for family members is split with the city, costing an employee $302.50 a month for one family member and $501.50 for two or more.