6 months ago by Denise Donley
Money was moved to cover health care and cell phone costs
The Quincy City Council addressed aldermanic healthcare and cell phone budgets that are operating in the red.
At Monday night’s City Council meeting, aldermen approved to amend the 2013-2014 fiscal year budget by increasing the general fund to $80,000.
Money will be moved from sales tax to pay for overage of health care costs and cell phones for aldermen.
Mayor Kyle Moore said this is a previously budgeted amount.
“Throughout the year, employees have the right to change their health insurance policy if there’s a change in their condition. We did have a few changes there,” said Moore. “We also had a number of Aldermen take out cell phones that didn’t have them before, so that was also an issue.”
The budget for health insurance for those aldermen who use it is $97,585. Tonight’s action pushed the expense over the $100,000 mark and next year's insurance line item will be more than $100,000.
Moore added when the City puts together the budget, they base estimates on what is currently in use.
“We might have to look in the future to doing some type of enrollment period, but I know we do have it in our language where if someone does have a change in their situation, they can go ahead and change their insurance coverage,” said Moore.
Aldermen who use health insurance as a single entity includes Jared Holbrook, Mike Farha, Glenda Mann, Dave Bauer, Terri Heinecke and Paul Havermale. Jim Musolino, Jack Holtschlag and Jennifer Lepper utilize the family health insurance plan. Virgil Goehl is on an employee +1 plan. Steve Duesterhaus, Tony Sassen, Mike Rein, Dan Brink do not receive health insurance through the City.
Regarding Aldermen’s cell phones, the administration has had to add nearly $3,000 to the budget. The communications budget for the current fiscal year is $7,000 and that expense is now at about $9,900.
Aldermen who use cell phones through the City include Lexze Mann, Terri Heinecke, Jim Musolino, Jared Holbrook, Paul Havermale, Mike Farha and Dave Bauer.
Aldermen also granted authority to the Quincy Police Department to purchase five extended warranties from Gem City Ford for $13,875. QPD was also approved to purchase $3,849 in software that details crime analysis information from Bair Analytics, Bair Software Inc.
For December 2013, $929,712.71 was reported for the sales tax and $997,361.08 for the home rule sales tax report.
Council approved the following from the Plan Commission:
-A second living unit as a non-conforming use on property located at 739 S. 16th.
-A 32-lot subdivision to be known as Lake Ridge 3rd addition, subject to the subdivision checklist.
-Site plan for additional parking and a 14,250 sq. ft. addition to the Rack Builders building located at 3809 Dye Road, zoned M3. This is subject to the property owner combining with the parcel adjacent to the east.
Council also approved the following from the Traffic Commission:
-traffic signals at 8th and Vermont will be removed and double “Stop” signs be installed with Vermont St. traffic stopping for cross traffic on South 8th St.
- traffic signals at 8th & Jersey Streets be removed and double “Stop” signs be installed with Jersey Street traffic stopping for cross traffic on South 8th Street