County Board Selects Employee Insurance, Faces Budget Deficit

In their meeting Tuesday, the Bond County Board selected a county employee insurance option following a presentation from Snedeker Risk Management. Following their decision to partially self-insure last year, the county saw a very high number of claims, prompting a significant increase in the cost of insurance for next year.

The board opted to join the Hope Trust, a co-op of sorts consisting of other counties and public entities. A plan was selected that will cost the county $930,564 for 2015. The decision is contingent upon approval following review by Bond County State’s Attorney Chris Bauer.

The board has been working with county department heads on the 2015 budget. Currently, that budget is over $136,000 in the red. The board will ask each department to cut 3% from their proposed budgets and will continue the review process in special sessions Monday and Tuesday, November 24 and 25.

The board also gave the OK to a free-standing plaque to be placed near the courthouse steps, recognizing the 26 donors who financially supported the Greenville Women’s Club’s effort to place Christmas lights on the courthouse. The plaque will be no larger than 14” X 18”.