Barnegat Township Committee Dropping Healthcare Coverage

Sep 13, 2017

Barnegat Township Committee members will no longer be entitled to healthcare benefits, according to an ordinance introduced at the Sept. 5 meeting. If approved, the change in policy would go into effect on New Year’s Day.

Mayor Albert Bille estimated the move would save approximately $80,000 a year.

“Healthcare keeps going up in costs, so we felt it was the right thing to do,” said Bille. “For our own employees, the costs of healthcare have gone up about 50 percent the last few years.”

Bille said that at one point, the health insurance plan for elected officials cost less than $10,000 annually.

“But now it is really getting out of hand, and we have to find any ways to save when we can,”  he said. “Committee members will now have to get hospitalization through their private carriers.” 

Bille added that officials will retain their annual salary of $4,200 for the mayor and $4,000 for the committee members.

A public hearing on the ordinance is scheduled for the next meeting on Tuesday, Oct. 3, at 6:30 p.m. —E.E.

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