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Sanbornton still paying 100% of cost of employees health insurance

To the editor,
Sanbornton currently pays 100 percent of the cost of health insurance for our town employees. Knowing this I had to ask the surrounding four town administrators what their policy was in regard to cost sharing, if any, in regard to employee health insurance. I received the following feedback from the town administrators. (Percents indicate employee contribution levels.)
Tilton: 10 percent Non Union; 12 percent Union Full Time (will raise to 14 percent in July )
Laconia: 12 percent (will raise to 15 percent in July)
Northfield: 10.5 percent
Belmont: 12 percent (will raise to 13 percent on Jan. 1)
Sanbornton: 0 percent
It is my understanding that the proposed Sanbornton 2013 budget allocates $329,000 for health insurance coverage for only 24 employees. That averages out to $13,708 an employee; for that price I would think that the town would be providing a more comprehensive program for our employees.
This whole question of health care cost is certainly something to think about and perhaps taxpayers should now make it a point of attending the weekly selectmen meetings on Wednesday at 4:30 p.m. and start to ask ask some questions about the proposed budget.
Certainly a proposed 2.5 percent cost of living increase for all town employees should also be of concern to all town taxpayers while the economy is in such poor shape.
Bill Whalen
Sanbornton
 
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