Grand Traverse County Commissioners Vote To Settle Health Insurance Disputes

Grand Traverse County Board of Commissioners voted Wednesday night to settle the Teamsters Sheriff Department Command Unit arbitration.

In 2015 the Board of Commissioners applied a state law requiring every county employee to pay 20 percent of their health insurance.

The reason commissioners made this decision is because just in 2017, it saved the county $500,000.

“Last night the Board of Commissioners voted to offer a settlement to the unions that had contested that and that settlement will refund the difference in the premium from the 20 percent to the 6 percent,” said Jennifer DeHaan, deputy county administrator.

The Board of Commissioners will vote on this again later this year.

We are told it will likely continue in order to have a balanced budget.