Letter: Kingston teachers should contribute to health insurance to close budget gap

The problem, said Superintendent Paul Padalino, we are nearly twice as far away from balancing the 2017-18 budget than first thought, as there is roughly a $1.1 million chasm between a rollover plan and the state-mandated tax cap.

Said Assistant Superintendent Allen Olsen, the bad news is our teachers’ health plan insurance premiums are going to increase by several percentage points more than our wildest imagination allowed us to think. Employee health insurance costs will increase by 13.3 percent or $460,000. Which means the Kingston City School District will spend $35.5 million on health insurance in 2017-18, 21 percent of the district’s budget. More than one out of every 5 dollars is spent on health insurance.

So the two financial geniuses, Padalino and Olsen, have the standard solution to all short falls — “We need more state aid.”


The solution: How about a thinking-out-of-the-box solution? Isn’t it time for the Kingston City School District employees to start making contributions to their very expensive taxpayer-funded health plan? Most employees in the real world contribute 20 percent to their health plans. Twenty percent of $35.5 million is $7.1 million. Voila — we have a solution at no additional cost to the local taxpayers and no need for additional state aid.

Charles Landi

There are 6 comments

  1. Ess Kay

    Health care is part of a teacher’s salary. If you want them to start paying for it, you are making them take a pay cut.

    1. Susan

      Absolutely, it is part of their salaries and it is negotiated as such where you teach in Kingston or anyway else.

    2. Julie Griffin

      No, you just aren’t giving them a 13.,3% pay raise, which the tax payers certainly didn’t negotiate nor agree too. By, pushing these costs onto the taxpayers, you are giving everyone else a paycut.

  2. JP

    Since most teachers are democratic liberals, they get what they voted for. Obamacare is a diseaster, and will eventually fail because insurance companies are pulling out. If you voted for democrats that made this bogus mandatory insurance, then suck it up and pay your share.

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