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Morristown town officials plan meeting about new insurance for retirees

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MORRISTOWN - Town officials are meeting with a representative from Humana, a health insurance provider, on Wednesday to discuss a potential contract.

The contract with Humana would affect only retired town employees and Town Supervisor Frank L. Putman said it could save the town roughly $10,000. Currently town retirees have health insurance through Blue Cross Blue Shield.

Mr. Putman said the meeting on Wednesday will give the town a chance to compare their current policy with Humana’s offering.

“We will learn more about Humana and the comparison between the two,” Mr. Putman said, adding that he is under the impression that Humana is a good deal for both the town and the recipients.

Morristown Court Clerk Judy Wright switched to Humana previously and recommended the policy, Mr. Putman said, which is how the town learned of the potential savings.

The Town Council is attempting to form a budget that does not use any of the town’s fund balance in an effort to replenish the dwindling reserve.

Mr. Putman did not have a figure for what the town’s fund balance is currently, but said, “We’re making an attempt to slowly, each year, take care of that fund balance by not using it to balance the budget and try to what we did before and keep the tax rate flat.”

This year the town is looking at increasing the tax rate from $3.09 per $1,000 of assessed property value to $3.17, Mr. Putman said. The town had kept the tax rate at $3.09 per $1,000 for the past three years but Mr. Putman said the need to increase the tax rate is “a fact of life today.”

The Town Council is holding a public hearing on the budget on Nov. 12 before voting on it.

Mr. Putman said if the consensus of the Town Council is to remain with Blue Cross Blue Shield the town’s tax rate would likely go up.

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