Insurance costs to decline for Lawrence County employees

October 4, 2018

SOUTH POINT, Ohio — About 270 Lawrence County employees will see lower health insurance costs next year, according to Commissioner Bill Pratt.

The Lawrence County Board of Commissioners, meeting at the NECCO offices in South Point, approved health insurance costs that reflect a 2.05 percent decrease from the current rate, Pratt said Tuesday.

The decrease also will help the county’s general fund, Pratt said. The rate decrease impacts county employees covered by Cebco Insurance.

It also covers about 70 county Job and Family Services employees and about 70 Child Support services, he said.

The board also approved pay raises for several county agencies, according to Chris Kline, assistant Lawrence County auditor.

About 70 Job and Family Services employees will get a 2 percent raise for two years, Kline said.

Several employees working for the Union Rome sewer district also received a raise as part of a two-and-a-half year contract with the board.

The raise includes a 35 cent per hour increase effective Oct. 1, another 35 cent increase on Jan. 1, a 40 cent per hour increase on July 1, 2019, and a 40 cent per hour increase on Jan. 1, 2020. The increase affects six employees at the sewer district, Kline said.

The board also received a $62,544 grant reimbursement from the Ohio Department of Transportation for the Lawrence County Airpark.

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