In a brief agenda at the regularly scheduled Commissioners Court, the Commissioners voted to approve a proposal that would pay the supplement premium for any County employee with 20 years continuous employment after age 65. This would be in the neighborhood of $6,000 per year. This would be effective immediately and would not go back and capture anyone who would have qualified previously. Currently, there are only a few employees eligible for this benefit at retirement. The County would choose the supplement package, which is currently the County Silver Choice Package. Other counties are already doing this.
“This is just a good way to reward an employee for his or her commitment to the County. I believe we have only given our retirees on benefits a cost of living increase twice. This will help offset that,” stated Commissioner Precinct 1 Mike Swain.
In other items, the Commissioners discussed the idea of shopping local whenever possible. “Obviously,” stated Judge Butch Wagner. “There will be times when we simply cannot shop locally, due to products not being available or pricing, or whatever. We have to be good stewards of our citizen’s tax dollars, but whenever possible, we want to be sure we do business locally.” This was not an action item, but all Commissioners did agree with this idea.
The regular May 10th meeting of the Commissioners Court was moved to May 17th, due to the Judge and one Commissioner both being out on that day.
With no further business, the meeting did adjourn. All Commissioners were present for the meeting. The Court will next meet on Monday, May 17 in the Basement Meeting Room of the Terry County Courthouse.