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Letter: Health Care Costs for Village Employees

On July 6, 2011, the Trustees of the Village of Flower Hill, in the presence of a substantial number of village residents, voted against paying insurance benefits for the Mayor, Deputy Mayor, and the Trustees.  In spite of this vote, the taxpayers are still paying for the elected officials insurance costs. The 2011, yearly health care cost for each elected official was $18,513.83.  Since 2006, the elected officials have been receiving these benefits.

The total cost for each year is as follows:  2006, $54,057.12; 2007, $57,507.36; 2008, $79,393.48; 2009, $81,013.44; 2010, $92,004.72.

The trend is clear.  These costs are only increasing.  Please come to the Village Hall on Monday, Feb. 6 at 8 p.m. to express your opinions and concerns.  The Trustees will be discussing and voting on the “Ratification of Trustee Benefits” for the upcoming fiscal year.

Catharine Krellenstein