May 112011

By Naomi Hatch —

One of the perquisites of working for the Town of Taylor has been the fact that it pays 100 percent of the insurance premiums not only for its employees, but also for their spouses and dependents.

At the May 4 town council meeting, Finance Director Gus Lundberg made a presentation regarding the insurance, including what employees would pay for their insurance in five percent increments from five percent to 40 percent, noting that the insurance pool requires the town pay a minimum of 90 percent of the employee insurance premium.

After discussion, a motion that the town will pay 90 percent of the insurance premium for employees and 80 percent of spouse, dependent and family premiums passed unanimously. This will require employees pay $48.03 per month for their insurance, and $159.93 for insurance for their spouse, $143.14 for insurance for their dependents or $235.75 for family coverage.

In other business, Snowflake-Taylor Chief of Police Jerry VanWinkle requested approval from the council to allow the Show Low Police Department to transfer three surplus vehicles to the STPD on the condition that STPD provides assistance with the 4th of July Parade, the electric light parade and with the DUI task force. Chief VanWinkle said they are already doing this, but it is a way for SLPD to give them the police cars.

The council unanimously approved the agreement for acceptance of vehicles in exchange for enforcement assistance at various Show Low community events.