MARYSVILLE – When inflation hits, everyone and everything feels the effects. The Union County Board of Commissioners can attest to the fact that they learned at their regular meeting this morning that health insurance premiums for state and local employees are expected to increase early in the year.
Ginger Yonak, Director of Human Resources, told the organization this morning that the state is still negotiating with the insurance provider, but expects that the salaries of state and local government workers will increase in 2023.
The exact amount of the salary has not been achieved while the negotiations continue, but Mrs. Yonak said that the insurance provider will provide the Wellness Program and the employees will see a small amount that reflects their total income. However, all workers — and the government, which supports the plan — can expect to see an increase in health insurance costs either way.
The board did not include the information because it could see the writing on the wall for a long time, but it encourages district employees to participate in the Wellness Program to help both employees and the district shave less money from the existing budget. , that being the health insurance premium paid by both.
In another news, Mr. Eric Phillips, Executive Director of Economic Development told the organization that the indicators show that the housing boom in Union County can continue, while about 9,300 jobs are available within 20 miles of Marysville, the new housing – if large. as it can be seen at the moment – it will not meet those demands and the main obstacle is the rules of the town subdivision.
The commission has no jurisdiction over subdivision laws, those rights fall to the bailiwick of towns, villages and cities. Towns have the right to land near and dear to their heart and the recent influx of solar farms coming to Union and surrounding counties and the explosion of growth in Dublin and Jerome Village have not gone unnoticed by residents of Union County’s rural towns, many of whom resent urban sprawl. and they can do whatever they can – impose restrictive zoning laws for example – to avoid being swallowed up by metro areas.
Mr. Phillips also retired and was replaced immediately by the Board’s decision at the meeting, after Mr. Phillips was out of a job for about 10 seconds. Mr. Phillips has been with Union County for 22 years and is the “new” Executive Director of Economic Development after holding the position for the last few years. Mr. Phillips and the district agreed to a five-year contract with a salary of $110,240 a year and a salary freeze for the first three years of the contract.
The board also approved a resolution that would continue to allow the Jerome Village Community Authority (JVCA) to operate as the village’s governing body and board of trustees as it has been since its inception. Often referred to as an “HOA on steroids” the JVCA has many tools and is said to be strict in enforcing the terms of the agreement between Jerome Village and its residents. Both Commissioner Dave Burke and Chris Schmenk said that as long as the residents or home buyers are well aware of the rules provided by the JVCA, they saw no reason to change what seems to be in effect and the decision was made without comment.
The Union County Board of Commissioners will meet again on Wednesday, September 28 at 8:30 am in the Commission Chambers, 223 W. 6th St.