Ouachita Parish taxpayers – the folks who finance government – didn’t get talked about much at last night’s meeting of the Ouachita Parish Police Jury’s (OPPJ) Finance Committee. Instead, most of the talk was about the cost impact upon the jury’s employees during a discussion about a healthcare insurance provider for 2013.
The jury wound up going with the most costly (for taxpayers) option.
The 2013 plan will cost about $326 thousand (5%) more than the 2012 plan.
See here the spreadsheet and proposals.
A lot of the discussion centered around which plan included the West Monroe, LA based Glenwood Regional Medical Center in their networks. Vantage does not include Glenwood, but Coventry does.
Jury President Shane Smiley (District E) noted that the employees had a “rich” plan, and that about 79% of the premiums were paid by the jury (taxpayers).
However, when voting time came, Smily made the motion to go with the most expensive plan, seconded by Mack Calhoun (District B). Also voting for the plan was Scotty Robinson (District A) and Ollibeth Reddix (District D).
In other business the committee approved the budget for the Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness. That office’s 2013 expenditures are set to decline to about $181 thousand, from about $259 thousand for 2012.
See here the documents.