New insurance will save city thousands

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By Mark Scohier, Staff writer

The Chiefland City Commission voted 3-1 Monday night to accept a bid that may save the city thousands of dollars in insurance costs.

According to a city report, only two companies, Florida League of Cities and Don Martin Insurance/Brown and Brown Insurance, responded to the city's invitation to bid on city property, liability and workers compensation insurance.

Florida League of Cities, which offers a rate of $11,482.66 cheaper than their local competitor, was chosen as the new insurance provider.

Vice Mayor and Commissioner Teresa Barron said, " We like to do business locally, however, $11,000 is a lot of money. We're in a budget crunch, as is everybody."

Officials at the meeting also said that a determining factor in the decision was based on Don Martin Insurance's inability to provide firm, and complete, prices.

The total cost of insurance with the new provider is $128, 171 for the upcoming year.

Besides the decision to go with a new provider for city property, liability and workers compensation insurance, the commissioners also voted on new bids from city healthcare providers and refuse collection and disposal services.

The commissioners voted unanimously to keep the city's current health insurance provider Blue Cross Blue Shield.

Barron expressed concern that the plan's costs are expected to increase 23.5 percent over the next year-about $9,500, according to a city report-but added she recognized the increase as standard.

She said that city employees have received good service from the company. As far as waste removal, the city received several bids, but the lowest came fromWaste Pro. The commission voted unanimously to accept the company's offer.

The company will be responsible for residential, commercial and multifamily refuse removal for a period of five years. And there will also be a $2.70 per-month increase in waste removal costs due to rising fuel prices.