By ROBERT S. MERRILL
Franklin County Commissioners are taking several cost-saving steps to help with the overall budget and save taxpayers’ monies.
Commissioners have changed the administrator for the county’s self-funded insurance program, are in the process of changing the telephone system, have helped with cost-cutting in the road department and are negotiating contracts for on-going services.
Commissioner Scott Workman said the county has been working with Eric Falk, of Morton and Co., to help find ways to cut health-insurance costs.
“We have changed our third-party administrator from Regence Blue Shield to CNIC. Last year we saved $30,000 just in administrative fees. We hope to be charged less on our claims by changes in the health insurance network,” said Workman. “We had to raise deductibles for our employees in order to save additional monies. We are hoping for significant savings.”
Commissioner Boyd Burbank said one of the reasons he ran for commissioner several months ago was to find ways to save the county money.
“I like numbers, so I tackled Franklin County’s monthly phone bills. My first concern was our phone rate had been the same for many years. Our service is with CenturyLink and after several phone calls I finally was able to get our account manager’s name.
“We went over our monthly line charges per phone line and negotiated a new rate. This is how it was broken down. Our old rate per line was $40. We had 46 lines that cost $1,840 per month. Our new rate per line is $29.99 or $1379.54 per month. That is a $461 per month savings to the county,” he said.
“I then contacted all department heads and we went over all phone lines that were assigned to each of the departments. We found five that could be disconnected or that were not being used at all.
“So the bottom line is over a three-month contract we will save $21,960.
Workman gave high praise to county road supervisor Troy Moser for continual efforts to run his department as efficiently as possible.
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