Work Session Minutes – May 31, 2018

           Jasper County Board of Commissioners

May 31, 2018

Work Session Minutes

6:00 P.M.


Comm. Pennamon called the meeting to order at 6:00 p.m.

Commissioners Present: Chairman, Carl Pennamon, Bruce Henry, and Don Jernigan.  Vice-Chairman, Craig Salmon (arrived at 6:07 p.m.).  Doug Luke was absent.

Staff Present: Mike Benton, County Manager, Clerk, Sharon Robinson, and Finance Director, Dennis Pate.

Pledge of Allegiance:

Invocation: Bruce Henry, Dist. 2

Employee Health Insurance:

Mr. Benton noted that Kelly Fox, our insurance representative would go over our insurance options.

Mr. Fox noted that Humana which is who the employee coverage was with this year has come back with a 60% increase.

Mr. Fox recommended going with a partially self-funded plan that represents an increase of $160,000. It does away with the $250 deductible for Rx. This is a different platform that we have been on before. This will have to go through underwriting so, he will need to meet with all the employees for the underwriting process.

Comm. Pennamon requested Mr. Fox to look at employee portion increases.

Mr. Fox noted that this is where we are with Health Insurance and the rising cost.

Commissioner Salmon joined the meeting at 6:07 p.m.

Mr. Fox to canvas the employees and get the numbers on cost for increasing employee portion.

FY 2019 Budget:

Commissioners reviewed the Magistrate Court salary sheets and budget and asked Mr. Benton to have the Magistrate Judge come talk to them.

Comm. Pennamon suggested taking $72,876 from capital outlay in Fire Rescue Budget and move that amount to debt service; leaving $42,850 in Capital Outlay.

Mr. Benton noted the new ambulance will not come out of Capital Outlay it is already included in debt service.

Mr. Benton clarified he should subtract the $72,876 from the $1,144,263 to give a total budget of $1,071,387 for Fire Rescue.

Commissioners discussed Appropriations budgets.

Mr. Benton noted the Hospital will get the rollback rate if that’s what we do.

Mr. Benton noted the Library did ask for an increase; he will find out the mandated increase, if any.

Mr. Benton noted the Chamber of Commerce requested an increase of $600; he will provide Commissioners a copy of the request.

Mr. Benton noted he will find out what additional staff the Health Dept. is requesting an increase for.

Comm. Pennamon suggested leave Economic Development as it is for FY 2018.

Comm. Salmon expressed concern with return on investment for Economic Development.

Mr. Benton noted that we will come back to employee salaries and the new legislation for prepaid phones which may increase revenue.

Board members agreed to allow Citizens Comments.

Mary Patrick – Chamber, Library, Magistrate, and Economic Development.

Charles Forsythe – Retirement, Census.

Comm. Pennamon declared the Work Session closed at 7:04 p.m.


Carl Pennamon, Chairman



Sharon S. Robinson, Clerk