To the editor:
The Johnson County Commissioners, county council, councils of towns and cities, school boards, library boards — all of these are part-time voluntary duties.
They provide a service to the public, which is why they receive a payment to compensate for their time and expenses. But they are NOT full-time jobs.
There is no reason for them to receive health care from the public trough — it is ridiculous and borders on immoral/unethical for them to vote themselves an over-the-top benefit like this.
Anyone who runs for commissioner who vows to eliminate this plum will get my vote (even a Democrat) — ditto for a council candidate who promises to refuse the health care.
They should all have health care at their full-time jobs — or Medicare with their self-paid supplement as they would have if not in office.
Why would anyone want health care tied to a temporary part-time elected position? If they want to participate in the county’s plan and pay in full themselves, that would be acceptable.