Council favors employees not taxpayers

  • Tuesday, June 3, 2014

To the Editor:

I've read with interest several articles in the Georgetown Times regarding an increase in health insurance for city employees.

The increase was 28 percent or approximately $150,000 to be added to the 2014-15 budget.

In years past when an increase was discussed, city council was given three options:

• Have the employee pay for the increase.

• Split the increase 50-50 with the employee and city.

• Have the city taxpayers absorb the cost.

The majority vote for every increase was to have city taxpayers foot the bill.

I sincerely hope that our council members remember that, unlike city employees, many of their taxpayers do not receive a yearly safety bonus, cost of living increases and/or merit pay.

Nor do the majority of taxpayers have the quality of benefits that city employees have or better yet, any extra cash to pick up an increase in health insurance for city employees.

I think it's important to recognize that city taxpayers appreciate city employees and will do what they can to take care of them with their jobs.

However, please don't forget there is also a financial responsibility to city taxpayers and their well being with the taxes they pay to our city.

We always hear Liberals talking about income inequality and how everyone should pay their fair share. Why aren't more of our council members fussing about city employees paying their fair share for the yearly increase in their health insurance?

I hope we all believe in shared sacrifice and as we go through hard times, everyone of us should be expected to carry our own weight. And to me, that means taxpayers of our city should not be picking up the tab for 100 per cent of an increase in the cost of health insurance for city employees.

For too long, the majority vote on council has favored city employees and disregarded city residents who foot the bill.

I hope all of our city council members will give every consideration to their 5500 plus taxpaying citizens before deciding to burden them again with a $150,000 increase in health insurance for approximately 155 city employees.

Paige Sawyer


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