Former candidate believes commissioners, magistrates should give up health benefits

May 26, 2004|LIZ MAPLES

If the city is in such a budget crunch, why don't City Commissioners give up their paid health insurance? Former commission candidate Jimmy Lehman is posing that question.

He told Mayor John W.D. Bowling that he would be at the Boyle County Fiscal Court meeting Tuesday to ask the same question of the magistrates, who also have the insurance benefit. Danville Commissioner Chester Kavanaugh was at that meeting to see if Lehman would show, but he did not.

Lehman said this morning he was unaware the county was meeting Tuesday.

Judge-Executive Tony Wilder said that magistrates probably don't get 50 cents an hour for the time they spend, and that the insurance and salary they receive are well deserved.

Bowling told Lehman the same thing Monday.

Lehman said he believes that the elected officials should serve for the pleasure of serving, and that in tough times they should be willing to give up along with the people.


Magistrates receive $6,190.86 a year, and then a cost of living adjustment is added in late February or early March. The county also pays a retirement match at a rate set by the state retirement system.

The county pays for health insurance for the magistrates, but not their families. It costs $4,478.52 a year for the health insurance and $238.68 for dental. Each gets life insurance that costs about $23 a year.

If their budget is approved, the mayor and commissioners will get cost of living adjustments. The mayor would make $9,803 and commissioners $5,779.

The city pays health insurance for the commissioner, spouse and family. Bowling's insurance costs $6,778.72 for him and his wife. Commissioner Jamey Gay and Terry Crowley have family coverage at $10,415.16.

Commissioner Chester Kavanaugh has coverage for himself and his wife at $6,767.88. Commissioner Ryan Owens has single coverage at $3,241.80.

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