KEYSER - The City of Keyser will start paying half of employees' family insurance benefits, thanks to a recent vote by the city council.

By Liz Beavers
lbeavers@newstribune.info
Tribune Managing Editor
KEYSER - The City of Keyser will start paying half of employees’ family insurance benefits, thanks to a recent vote by the city council.
City administrator Randy Amtower told the mayor and council recently that he would like to propose paying 50 percent of the cost for the family insurance plan for employees as an added bonus.
The city currently pays for each employee’s individual insurance, but those who take the family plan must pay the entire cost for that themselves.
The mayor and council have long maintained that they would like to pay their employees more to reward them for their hard work and dedication, but the city budget won’t allow for higher wages.
As an alternative, Amtower said he worked it into the budget where they could pay for the insurance premiums.
“It’s gonna cost us about $2,000 a month,” he said, explaining that he based his estimation on the current number of employees carrying the family plan.
Council member Jen Junkins made a motion to approve his proposal, and Karol Ashenfelter seconded it.
“This will help them a lot,” she said.