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Posted: Tuesday, November 20, 2012 12:00 am | Updated: 10:32 am, Tue Nov 20, 2012.

The 11-member board that governs the San Joaquin County agency overseeing mosquito control will take a second look at whether its trustees should continue to receive the same health benefits as their employees.

The San Joaquin County Mosquito and Vector Control District board voted in 2009 to receive health plan benefits, a decision that's raised the eyebrows of the San Joaquin County Taxpayers Association.

According to research by the taxpayers association, the district has paid five of the 11 trustees more than $112,000 between Aug. 1, 2009 and June 1 of this year.

"I don't question their authority to do this, but especially in (economic) times like these, people are looking at these sort of things," Taxpayers Association President David Renison said Monday.

The board will meet this afternoon to discuss whether they want to continue offering benefits to trustees, reduce them or eliminate them altogether, according to mosquito abatement district manager Ed Lucchesi.

Board member Jack Fiori Sr. of Lodi said that the board's vote in 2009 to offer trustees health benefits was far from unanimous. His vote at today's meeting will be based on how the district is doing financially. Special districts like mosquito abatement are not blessed with a lot of funding, Fiori said.

Renison said he will attend today's meeting if his schedule allows. The meeting, open to the public, will begin at 1 p.m. at the district office, 7759 S. Airport Way, near Stockton's airport.

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  • Darrell Baumbach posted at 12:09 pm on Tue, Nov 20, 2012.

    Darrell Baumbach Posts: 9403

    Thanks Ross! My mistake in using the word "letter". Obviously, it was an article by you. I appreciated it's content.

  • Bobcatbob Ingram posted at 9:50 am on Tue, Nov 20, 2012.

    99er Posts: 119

    Will that be a public meeting ( all can attend ) ?

  • Ross Farrow posted at 9:02 am on Tue, Nov 20, 2012.

    Ross Farrow Posts: 104

    Darrell: A clarification — This is not a letter to the editor. This is a news article that I wrote as a News-Sentinel reporter.

  • Darrell Baumbach posted at 7:20 am on Tue, Nov 20, 2012.

    Darrell Baumbach Posts: 9403

    Letter stated...The board will meet this afternoon to discuss whether they want to increase benefits, reduce them or eliminate them altogether, according to mosquito abatement district manager Ed Lucchesi.

    Before Obamacare, it is obvious board members did not qualify as they were not working 20 or more hours per week. If part time employers were excluded and not eligible, board members should have been treated the same.

    However, with Obamacare forcing employers to pay a penalty tax for not insuring part time employees classified as equivalent full time employees, the tax payers might be obligated to insure board members now or pay a penalty tax. I would get a written legal opinion from a lawyer well versed in the Affordable Care Act before taking benefits away.



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