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File #: 2009-0322    Version: 1
Type: Ordinance Status: Lapsed
File created: 5/11/2009 In control: Committee of the Whole
On agenda: Final action: 2/1/2010
Enactment date: Enactment #:
Title: AN ORDINANCE requiring nonrepresented King County employees who receive medical benefits and earn above the mean income for King County to contribute a portion of their earnings toward the cost of medical coverage; and amending Ordinance 12014, Section 7, and K.C.C. 3.12.040.
Sponsors: Dow Constantine, Bob Ferguson
Indexes: Employee Benefits
Attachments: 1. 2009-0322 Attach 2 KingCareBenefitsAtAGlance2009.pdf, 2. 2009-0322 Attach 3 GroupHealthBenefitsAtAGlance20091.pdf, 3. 2009-0322 Employee Benefits Non Rep Contribution ws SR.doc
Staff: Soo Hoo, Wendy
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AN ORDINANCE requiring nonrepresented King County employees who receive medical benefits and earn above the mean income for King County to contribute a portion of their earnings toward the cost of medical coverage; and amending Ordinance 12014, Section 7, and K.C.C. 3.12.040.
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STATEMENT OF FACTS:
1. King County is experiencing a financial emergency resulting in a significant shortfall in the amount of funding needed to sustain the current level of general operations through 2010.
2. King County employee benefits costs rose from $158 million in 2005 to a projected cost of $214 million in 2009, a thirty-five percent increase, driven by growing medical claim costs.
3. Continued increases in employee benefits costs are anticipated despite increased copays and reduced coinsurance that will take effect in 2010 and are projected to save $37 million from 2010 to 2012.
4. Snohomish county, the state of Washington, and the cities of Seattle, Tacoma and Bellevue charge employees a monthly amount for medical benefits, ranging from twenty-eight dollars to forty0eight dollars, with additional charges for spouses, domestic partners and dependents.
5. Recognizing that existing collective bargaining agreements preclude this ordinance from covering all county employees who receive medical benefits, it is the council's intent to require that all nonrepresented employees earning at least the mean income for King County contribute a portion of their earnings in future years towards medical costs.
BE IT ORDAINED BY THE COUNCIL OF KING COUNTY:
SECTION 1. Ordinance 12014, Section 7, and K.C.C. 3.12.040 are each hereby amended to read as follows:
A. Full-time regular, part-time regular, provisional, probationary and term-limited temporary employees shall receive the leave benefits provided in this chapter.
B. Full-time regular, part-time regular, provisional, probationary and term-limited temporary employees and their spouse or domestic partner, e...

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