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Rocky Mount, Virginia 24151
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Town council members declared part-time workers

Friday, January 17, 2014

By KEN BRADLEY - Staff Writer

Rocky Mount Town Council recently voted to classify council members as part-time employees, beginning July 1, 2014, and declared that part-time employees will not be covered by the health and dental insurance provided by the town.

Currently, council members are classified as full-time employees, according to Town Manager James Ervin.

The health insurance issue for council members resurfaced recently, and members indicated that the policy should be reviewed and changed.

The Administrative Code of Virginia requires that localities must contribute at least 50 percent of the amount contributed towards a full-time employee's health insurance plan if part-time employees are allowed to participate in the group insurance plan.

During a special meeting last week, council member Billie Wayne Stockton made the motion to classify council members as part-time employees. His motion passed unanimously.

Then council member Bobby Cundiff made the motion to declare that part-time town employees are not eligible to participate in the town's health insurance plan.

The new policies will become effective July 1, 2014, the beginning of the town's new fiscal year.

This was the first significant change in the town's health insurance eligibility policy since 2012, when council terminated health and dental insurance benefits for council members after several years of controversy.

Before the benefit was terminated, several members publicly objected to taxpayers bearing the cost of health and dental insurance for council members.

In 2011, council voted to terminate taxpayer-financed insurance for spouses and other dependents of council members.

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