Published DateTo 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.