Tuesday, May 21 2013 12:03 AM EDT2013-05-21 04:03:02 GMT
Paramedics tell us they're amazed no one was seriously hurt in a rush hour crash just outside Albany Monday evening. The driver of a pickup truck lost control on Philema Road just before 5:00. The truckMore >>
The driver of a pickup truck and his passenger walk away from the mangled wreckage after a crash.More >>
Tuesday, May 21 2013 12:02 AM EDT2013-05-21 04:02:59 GMT
An unusual wreck on Albany's bypass Monday night left the highway littered with yard debris. About 9:30, a car collided with a trailer that was hauling tree limbs on the Liberty Expressway between theMore >>
Wrecked cars and yard debris slow traffic on Albany's bypass.More >>
Monday, May 20 2013 11:45 PM EDT2013-05-21 03:45:07 GMT
Moultrie Police tell us they have the accused triggerman in a shooting in custody after two weeks on the run. Police arrested 19-year-old Darren Huntley over the weekend in Waycross. 22-year-old DominiqueMore >>
Moultrie Police tell us they have the accused triggerman in a shooting in custody after two weeks on the run.More >>
Monday, May 20 2013 11:37 PM EDT2013-05-21 03:37:21 GMT
Students at a South Georgia University are working together to make it into the workforce. Nursing students at Georgia Southwestern asked business students to help them prepare for their job searches. HumanMore >>
Students at a South Georgia University are working together to make it into the workforce.More >>
Monday, May 20 2013 11:28 PM EDT2013-05-21 03:28:47 GMT
A lot of South Georgians are all too familiar with the damage a tornado can do. An EF-3 tornado roared through Americus six years ago. It killed two people and destroyed Sumter Regional Hospital andMore >>
A lot of South Georgians are all too familiar with the damage a tornado can do.More >>
Albany- For many years, some retired city employees' health insurance premiums were paid from the pension fund, something the city attorney sees as a huge problem.
In 1997, the city's pension plan had a surplus and commissioners decided that the plan should pay for retiree's health insurance premiums. Now, the city attorney says that's not a good idea and that money must begin coming from the general fund.
Commissioners say the new cost will be a tremendous hit to the budget. "Next year the projection is another one and a half-million dollars hit to the general fund to pay for those retirees health insurance premiums and as everybody knows health insurance costs are skyrocketing so that number keeps going up," says city commissioner Bob Langstaff, Jr.
In 2002, an actuary advised the pension board to make some changes to the policy back then over a period of five years but nothing was ever changed. The same solution was suggested again but the commission says it's a problem that needs immediate action.
Tuesday, commissioners approved a budget transfer of $250,000 to start covering costs of the health insurance premiums. They're still not sure where the rest of the money will come from.
The commission also voted to amend the city's current pension ordinance. New employees hired after January 2006 will be required to contribute 4% of their salary toward their retirement plan.