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FIRST ON 3: Former Carolina Beach mayor thinks council members should pay for own insurance

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CAROLINA BEACH, NC (NEWS RELEASE FROM FORMER MAYOR RAY ROTHROCK) -- On Wednesday, April 3, 2013, Town of Carolina Beach is having a Budget Work Session at 11:00 am. Question to be answered is: Why are we taxpayers paying your Health and Dental Insurance? Meeting is open to the Public.

The cost to we taxpayers is $6,000 a year for each Council Member getting FREE Health Insurance and $360.00 a year for each Council Member getting FREE Dental Insurance.

This is costing we taxpayers $26,200 a year!

I saw on the Town Web Page, an advertisement for hiring a Storm Water Construction Specialist with starting pay at $24,700.00 a year.

Let the Council Members pay for their own Medical and Dental Insurance and we will be able to pay the salary of the employee that is needed and hired, with a little left over.

I have learned that neither Kure Beach, Wrightsville Beach, Oak Island nor City of Wilmington provides FREE Medical and Dental Insurance to their employees. Why does the Town of Carolina Beach?

I doubt very much that if you should ask any of the Council Members their thoughts about them paying for their own Medical and Dental Insurance, they would say, "yes, let me pay for it"!

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Rothrock, good point, but why now?

I'm curious as to how many years and how many taxpayer dollars were spent on YOUR Health and Dental insurance while YOU were mayor and the council members worked under YOU?

I'm also curious if you EVER attempted to bring this point up during ANY council meetings during your tenure as CB Mayor or as any other function of the CB town government?

With the two previous points of curiosity stated, why is it that you bring up the point that "obscure spending" of taxpayer monies to support insurance coverage of the current council members? Why do you publicly identify this as an issue now, when you never made an attempt to do so when you had the power to do something about it?

Ray, you bring up an excellent point. You have also opened a Pandora's Box in which you used to live. I suppose the old grubby-assed style of politics never changes does it?

Health care costs

ok so here we go again. Rothrock you walked off the job and quit, remember? Sour grapes that's all this is. you have been on council for how many years and you had the opportunity to make recommendations to change this. This has been a benefit for mayors and council members for years. You never did? A better thing to look at Mr Rothrock would have been the fact that none of the employees of the town pay any contribution toward their health care benefits. this is rediculous. I work for a fortune 1000 company and I pay a large amount toward my healthcare costs. In the private sector we all pay towards our health insurance costs......but not government. So Mr. Rothrock, if you were worth listening to because you really care about the tax payers of this town, you would have made a motion to make each employee contribute at least 100.00 per month toward their health care benefits. Other companies charge more if you smoke!

On another note, if you were really interested in saving the tax payers of cb money, why then did you ask that at least two full time police officers go write down the liscence numbers of all the boats in the yacht basin for days and then go to the county tax office to look each one up to see if the boat owner paid his personal property tax on their boat? I wonder what this cost the tax payers? Seriously Mr. Rothrock!

do us all a big favor....quit for good and just go enjoy your life at the hut. Let our council members focus on important things we need to do like fix the water, sewer, roads... All the things you ignored when you were Mayor.
D

Absolutely correct

You are one hundred percent right. I think his problem is when he resigned no one begged him to come back. They were probably glad to see him leave.

isn't it interesting that

isn't it interesting that this was not a problem when Rothrock was mayor?!?!?!?

Hizzoner

Should also be honest and note that in some of the other muni's governments employees pay part of the premiums - not all of it.

He raises a fair question though

Vog

You've hit the nail square on the head!

Isnt this the root of most of America's money problems? Is it even possible to caculate the cost of all the endless benefits that our polititions have given themselves?

CB Council Benefits

I can not imagine why this was ever started in the first place. CB does not have a tax base like some larger municipalities and this makes no fiscal sense.

Council Perks

This has gone on for years and years. Council after Council many,many years ago gave themselves this perk and it has continued through the years. When they decide they need a raise they are allowed to give it to themselves also in closed session.

Tax base or not, all

Tax base or not, all politicians should be returned back to what it was meant to be, a public service, not a public dole, there should be no benefits to any politician or staff, let them do it for a cycle and go back to private life and make their living, they can still tell their neighbors they have a title.