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Lodi City Council benefits to increase in December

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Posted: Wednesday, June 18, 2014 11:56 pm

Lodi City Council members will have their medical benefit cap rates increased in December to match those set for city of Lodi employees.

The council voted 4-1 at its Wednesday night meeting to leave its benefit package as is, but modify the medical expenses cap to a maximum $1,709.06.

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  • Joanne Bobin posted at 8:57 am on Mon, Jun 23, 2014.

    Joanne Bobin Posts: 4488

    I'm very curious about the statements: "Alan cannot accept the health care however, he receives the money instead."

    Cannot accept the health care? Why? Due to age (MediCare) or religious affiliation?

    Doesn't Larry Hansen already get health care from the city as part of his retirement package - being the former police chief?

    Receiving a cash amount EQUIVALENT to the price of the health care is HIGHLY unusual. Under a standard Sec. 125 Cafeteria Plan - which I presume is what the city offers, a REBATE is allowed - usually a percentage of the cost of full coverage - but the ACTUAL AMOUNT of the coverage?

    Sounds fishy - VERY fishy!

  • roy bitz posted at 10:23 am on Sun, Jun 22, 2014.

    roy bitz Posts: 503

    Thanks for responding to my comments regarding council member's compensation.
    Yes I do believe council members are over compensated.
    I do not believe council members should be given healthcare and retirement benefits like full time employees are given because council members are part time elected volunteers. They are not full time employees.
    I believe council members should be compensated for serving and I agree each member should receive exactly the same amount of compensation while the are on the council. There should be no consideration for council members family.

  • roy bitz posted at 11:02 pm on Sat, Jun 21, 2014.

    roy bitz Posts: 503

    Thank you for responding JoAnne.
    I was unaware The city offered cash payments to council members who did not receive health benefits. I don't even know the total remuneration of all council members but I truly believe council members are over compensated given they are ---part time volunteers with no demands on their time, no performance standards to meet. A member could be a " fly on the wall" and reap the benefits we are forced to pay.
    I believe there should be compensation for sure---healthcare and retirement benefits for part-time elected volunteers seems wrong to me.
    I believe Compensation should be a fixed amount for each and every member and only paid during term elected for.

  • JoAnne Mounce posted at 3:29 pm on Fri, Jun 20, 2014.

    JoAnne Mounce Posts: 20

    Roy, I am sorry you feel we are over compensated. I tried to cut back on benefits, but I could not get any of my council members to agree. Also, the news paper should know this but Alan cannot accept the health care however, he receives the money instead. You can check city hall records. The amount is about $5,800.

  • roy bitz posted at 7:12 am on Thu, Jun 19, 2014.

    roy bitz Posts: 503

    City council members are "elected part-time volunteers". From my seat in the bleachers, it is wrong for them to vote themselves benefits because they are part time, the are volunteers--- even though other city councils do so.
    Dr. Nakanishi is the only one acting like a true volunteer by declining benefits.
    I believe most if not all current council members are already receiving such benefits from a current or previous employer or they are over 65 and these benefits are an unearned entitlement.



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