The Neshoba County Board of Supervisors was hoping to get a little clarification on a possible increase in health insurance costs Monday but will have to wait at least another week.




County Administrator Jeff Mayo said that not having the exact costs of health insurance nailed down is making it difficult to finalize the proposed budget.

Last week the supervisors were told that the county is again facing a possible 24-percent increase in health insurance premiums, a difference of up to about $134,000 for the Fiscal 2019 budget.

The board again heard from Allen Hardy with Philadelphia Security Insurance, but Hardy said he was still waiting to hear back from several carriers on proposed rates. Several of the supervisors said they were hoping that Hardy would have come back to the board with better numbers than he presented last week.



Previously, Hardy presented two proposals for the board’s consideration. One would raise the current premium for the county 24.62 percent, while the second would mean an increase of 22.48 percent. The difference in the proposals was the amount of co-pays that the employee would be responsible for and the overall out of pocket costs.

The higher proposal matches the county’s current plan. Under the terms of the proposal, the premium rate for a single employee would increase from $552.77 to $688.68. For the county that would be an increased annual cost of $133,614 total.

Mayo said that the lack of a definitive figure was slowing down a final calculation of the proposed 2019 fiscal year budget.

According to figures provided by Mayo after Monday’s meeting, the proposed budget for fiscal year 2019 is currently $14,150,905. That is a 0.8 percent reduction or $120,482 from the approved budget for 2018 which was set at $14,271,387. According to the figures, county departments and other outside entities that receive funds from the county have requested $15,265,508.95 for fiscal year 2019. Mayo said the requested figure is more of a wish list for departments while the $14.1 million figure represents a balanced budget.

In other action the board:

• Approved advertising for bids for a new 31,000-square-foot flooring system for the Neshoba County Coliseum. According to Mayo, the flooring would be similar to the coliseum's current flooring, but would be thicker and would be to cover the entire floor of the Coliseum.

• Approved appointing and setting the salary of Law Clerk I Tyler K. Moore at $38,250 for the Circuit Court.

• Approved the pay increase of Deputy Sheriff Richard Cooney to $12.50 an hour from $10 an hour.