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New plan in works for city employees

While we will withhold our final judgment on the city’s plan for providing insurance coverage for its employees until all of the cards are on the table, the plan laid out for the coming year bears the signs of creative problem solving.
We’ll have to wait until enrollment is over before we know whether Ennis is going to save any money in the effort to insure its employees. It will depend on the individual choices that employees of the city make for themselves and their families, but initial signs point to a plan that builds in a significant level of employee support for insurance coverage.

Up until this point, taxpayers had been footing the whole bill, to the tune of more than $2 million last year, and the 9-percent buy-in the city has offered for more robust plans puts some of the responsibility for cost squarely on the shoulders of the beneficiaries.

It also represents an important step for employees’ perception of their insurance. With the understanding that it’s a benefit that is a large burden on the city’s finances and that part of it is now theirs to shoulder, their health is ultimately going to be that much more important for them.

We understand the magnetic power of good benefits, so we definitely think that the city has a vested interest in maintaining a plan that is attractive to its long-term employees. It costs more to train a new employee than many people recognize at first glance — both in time and money — so making sure we have a way to stave off the possibility of migration for better compensation is important.

We know the city is hoping the plan for next year produces some savings, and if it doesn’t, they’ll have to approach the problem from a new perspective to make it work.

We aren’t in the glory days of local tax revenue, so change will become a common concept in the governmental operation realm.

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