Waterloo Village Board ends stipend for non-use of health insurance

This Seneca County village has six elected officials. They have been eligible for health insurance through the village, if they so choose. If they decline the insurance, they have been given a $250-a-month stipend.

The Village Board voted 3-0 Monday to eliminate the stipend, effective July 1. Trustees Les Marquart, Gina Suffredini and John Butlak voted in favor. Mayor Jack O’Connor, who proposed the measure at the May meeting, only votes to break ties.

Trustee Lee Boise was absent.

The health insurance benefit and stipend applies to the mayor, four trustees and the village justice. When O’Connor proposed the change in May, several board members wanted to table it so they could review it in more detail before voting.

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