PTC hikes employee insurance costs

Fri, 02/20/2009 - 2:52pm
By: John Munford

City also kills vacation accrual for part-timers

Peachtree City employees will soon see their monthly insurance premiums double as part of a cost savings plan for the city.

The change will increase single employee coverage to $40 a month and the family coverage to $100 a month.

The increase was approved Thursday night by the Peachtree City Council.

Council also approved another move to eliminate vacation time accrual for part-time employees. That will save an estimated $45,000 a year.

Employees will be allowed to use their remaining sick time, but if the employee quits or is terminated they would not be paid for any remaining leave, City Manager Bernie McMullen said.

The changes are recommended as part of an ongoing effort to address a $3.5 million shortfall in the 2009-2010 city budget. City officials have said more cuts and changes are coming, including a charge to police employees for the privilege of being able to drive their city-owned cars home.

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Submitted by DarkMadam on Fri, 02/20/2009 - 4:06pm.

Can anyone explain to my why he or she has this "privilege"? Unless they are subject to recall (in an on-call-status) why is this even allowed. It causes extra mileage on the vehicles that shortens the life span of use; the employee does not put his/her own gas in it. They gas up at the city's expense. I have to pay for the upkeep and maintenance on my vehicle and pay for the gas out of my own pocket so I can go to work. Why then should they not have to do the very same thing? Just one more example of Mishandling of public funds and assets. Way to go Bernie. Pinch those pennies. Show us all how we too can run our families and check books the way you run the city and get a way with it.

Submitted by mysteryman on Mon, 02/23/2009 - 8:58pm.

And buy our own bullets, and provide our own weapons too, then come out to your house next time IKE decides to smack you around, on my bicycle, then would you be happy..MADAM???? Oh yeah i guess you would expect us to do this all for 32k a year on average as well ehh??? What a price to put your life on the line everytime you punch in... Next time you have need, im sure you would want the fastest respone possible. So enjoy your job whatever it may be, knowing that help is just a phone call away. Oh but i have to stop and get just enough gas to answer the call each time now thanks to you, and since i cannot provide for my family, cause i have to buy bullets and gas for the cruiser that i take home everyday now, im sure you will be o.k. until i get there, no worrys the 357 the assailant has pointed at your head only holds six rounds, so if you zig-zag as you run across the parking lot you just might get lucky.....BLESS

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Submitted by The 5-0 on Mon, 02/23/2009 - 4:56pm.

What would happen if a tornado touched down on the PD's tiny parking lot and destroyed all the patrol cars?!

How would the police answer calls without vehicles?

It's foolish people like you who would probably outsource law enforcement if given the chance!

Submitted by Nitpickers on Mon, 02/23/2009 - 6:21pm.

You know if the end of the world came suddenly we wouild lose those police cars also!

Isn't half of them supposed to be out anyway at all times, cruising?

That is cept for shift change and meetings!

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Submitted by The 5-0 on Mon, 02/23/2009 - 7:37pm.

On days when the shifts are running at 100%, there is generally 1/4th of all the patrol cars on the road at one time. This is the same for all agencies that have 12 hour shifts.

Submitted by intheknow on Mon, 02/23/2009 - 5:33pm.

DarkMadam you haven't a clue as to what your talking about, and this topic has been on these blogs before. By having "assigned" patrol cars you actually extend the life of the vehicle, first by not running a car into the ground (how long exactly do you think patrol cars can last, that are run 24 hours straight), then also by the officers knowing they "are responsible" as no one else is driving that vehicle - can't blame anyone else for abuse or damage. Driving an individual vehicle for only eight or 10 hours, rather than continually (24 hours) greatly extends the life, reduces the maintenance costs, etc... These facts have been proven over and over, why do you think so many police and sheriffs offices have gone to "take-home" vehicles? Around here it's not unusual for agencies to put 50k miles or more on a single vehicle per year (with 100k considered a normal maximum for emergency vehicle use), assigning it, cuts this millage to a third.
Stop being a sour grape, this ISN'T "Mishandling of public funds"!

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