Benefit change

Bellevue Council will vote next Tuesday on whether to amend the ordinance that requires noncontract employees to contribute 7 percent of the cost of their health insurance.

The contribution rate was decreased from 10 percent to 7 percent this year after the borough obtained less expensive insurance that eliminated the need for employees to pay deductibles.

The original salary ordinance setting the contribution rate was vetoed by Mayor George Doscher on the grounds that it was unfair to some of the borough’s lowest paid, administrative employees because union workers were contributing only 5 percent.

Council member Jane Braunlich said that the contribution rate also applies to some of the boroughest highest paid employees. Doscher questioned how many employees were affected by the rate, and officials determined that there were six or seven employees, five of whom were more highly paid department heads.