By Diane Madigan
After several questions about the 2014 Van Buren Township transparency report and actual cost to the township, we thought we would go into further detail on the benefits column. This column combines the township’s costs paid by the township for employee benefits.
Health Care premium costs, which include a dental plan for all full-time employees and elected officials, range from $8,000 for a single policy to $24,000 for a family plan. The township also pays into a health care cost-reduction plan, AMERA, that runs $120 per year per employee. Those employees and officials that opt-out of health care receive $200 a month.
Vision: All full-time employees and elected officials receive vision coverage. Vision costs between $146.70 for a single policy to $293.40 for a family plan per year.
Life Insurance: Premiums cost between $57.60 for part-time trustees to $912 for the supervisor with an average of about $700. The fire department has a department life insurance plan. The annual premium when averaged over the current number of fire-fighters comes to $30.89.
Pensions The Township pays 12% of net wages for police in a union pension plan. For full-time employees and elected officials the township pays 12% into a 401K type savings plan. Firefighters get 6%.
FICA. The township is required to pay 6.2% for Social Security and 1.5 % for Medicare. The employee pays an equal amount. The township does not pay Social Security for fire fighters, just Medicare.
Editor’s Note: Diane Madigan compiled the Van Buren Township salary report printed Feb. 19 from the 155 pages of documents supplied by Van Buren Township as its response to the Independent’s Freedom of Information Act request. The township does not have the salary information in one, easy list or digitally. All the details had to be compiled, added up, and typed into their final form by Madigan. This was a time-consuming labor of love to get the information together for the taxpayers and we thank Diane Madigan for her work.
By Diane Madigan