The News of Cumberland County seems to be picking up our battle cry…
Can Cumberland County afford to provide health benefits for part-time workers?
In light of a projected $4 million to $8 million deficit the county is projecting for this year’s budget, the majority of Cumberland County freeholders want to look into that question, according to recently released minutes from a Feb. 18 freeholder meeting.
Joseph Rossi, county personnel director, said Wednesday that thirty-one part-time Cumberland County employees receive county-funded medical benefits.
“We have a policy that employees who work 20 hours or more can receive health benefits,” he said.
Cumberland County spends $450,000 annually to provide these perks.
The article is interesting, and notes that the unions will once again stand in the way of the taxpayers not being raked over the coals. Joe Pepitone and Jane Jannarone voted against the county even considering any change in policy. Jane, who has her own business, refuses to finance her own health insurance, instead demanding that the county pay her way.
Very few of the Freeholders have ever worked int he private sector. Cumberland County recently placed dead last as far as our collective health is concerned. Jannarone should be more concerned with the many taxpayers that are footing the bill for part-timers when they themselves have no health insurance.
Jannarone and Magazzu are the two Freeholders that have insurance and benefits, as part-timers, at the taxpayers’ expense. It is time that they wake up and take a long, serious look at their constituents and the pain we face with the highest unemployment, lowest per capita income, and lack of services taken for granted elsewhere in the state. They do NOT serve the unions, they serve the voters and taxpayers. With property taxes increasing annually, and every municipality cutting services, laying off employees – everyone whether homeowner or renter is feeling the crunch. It is time everyone of the Freeholder begin to take their job seriously. It is time the Freeholder Director begin tackling the job of running the county instead of figuring our cute ways to take potshots at county citizens merely because he doesn’t like what they say.