ABERDEEN COUNCILWOMEN SET THE RECORD STRAIGHT ON HEALTH INSURANCE FOR MAYOR SIMPSON

Mayor Bill Simpson says he would like the City of Aberdeen to make him a full-time mayor and give him access to the city’s health insurance program, but 2 city councilwomen say the quotes attibuted to them about allowing the mayor on the city plan are not accurate.

Councilwoman Kathi Hoder says her quote in a Daily World story that said she thinks the city should pay for Mayor Simpson’s insurance is not completely correct as it didn’t also say she would need more specifics before endorsing the plan.

And Hoder adds she wants to make it clear she is NOT in favor of this idea if it will drain more of the city’s already strained financial resources.

Meanwhile Councilwoman Margo Shortt – who was also quoted in the Daily World story as saying she could endorse allowing Mayor Simpson access to the city insurance – says she hasn’t decided one way or another on the matter.

One issue raised by city attorney Eric Nelson is whether the payment of the $12,000 annual insurance premium for Mayor Simpson and his wife would essentially constitute a pay raise.

Councilwoman Shortt says that would likely require a charter change – something that is done before the mayor is sworn in for a new term.

The council will likely take up the matter in January.

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