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Mahaska County Board of Supervisors Meeting Recap for February « Back to Search Results

December 18, 2013

Category: Community Profile, Mahaska

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At Monday's meeting the board talked about buying a health insurance policy for inmates and continuing financial support for Area 15 Regional Planning Commission. Here is CRI reporter Jon Hoffmann to fill us in.

Near the end of the 42 minute long meeting, Supervisor Ken Rozenboom presented an idea of purchasing a health insurance policy that would help cover big medical bills for inmates of the Mahaska County Jail.

I bring it up now because I think it is something worthy of a look and with your guys permission I'd invite this insurance company to come and visit with us at a meeting at some point. Supervisor Ken Rozenboom

The supervisors referred to an incident that happened last year when an inmate was sick and was sent to Iowa City for treatment as a reason to buy into a policy. That one incident resulted in a $16,000 bill paid for by the tax payers. The insurance policy that was talked about in the meeting is based on a day rate of 71 cents per inmate and has a $10,000 deductible per inmate.

For the 2010-2011 fiscal year Mahaska County tax payers paid $50,000 for inmate health care. The two biggest claims were $16,000 and $4,800. So far in the 2011-2012 fiscal year, Mahaska County has paid $39,000 with the biggest claim coming in at $4,500. Those numbers also include weekly health check-ups other minor claims.

Marion County is enrolled in an inmate health insurance policy and averages about 20 inmates a day paying $6,000 a year. Mahaska County averages about 30 inmates a day and if Mahaska County decides to enroll could pay roughly $9,000 for inmate coverage. The Mahaska County Board of Supervisors will continue to explore the idea of buying an insurance policy for inmates.

The Supervisors agreed to help fund the Area 15 Regional Planning Commission. Mahaska County will continue to pay the same amount as last year. That number is based on a forumla using the U.S. census population for the county and multiplied by 41 cents. Mahaska County as a whole pays about $9,000. The Area 15 Regional Planning Commission was established in the early 70's and works with economic development, community development, and transportation planning. It serves a six county area in southeast Iowa -- all counties pay the same rate at 41 cents.

Recently Area 15 has helped Barns City build a sewer system, Eddyville with a storm sewer project, and it is involved with the early childhood education center in University Park. Mahaska County Supervisor Ken Rozenboom told me after the meeting that the rate will go up one cent to 42 cents next year. For more about Area 15 Regional Planning Commission go to our website and click on the Area 15 news link. For CRI Weekly News, I'm Jon Hoffmann

Thanks Jon. Also from the meeting, come April 1st you will no longer be able to take a CDL driving test here in Oskaloosa. The Iowa Department of Transportation changed the requirements for the driving part of the test and Mahaska County doesn't have enough space for the course. The Treasure's Office will still be able to give the written portion of the exam, but you will have to take the driving portion elsewhere. Because of Presidents' Day on the 20th, The next Mahaska County Board of Supervisors meeting will be Tuesday, February 21st at 9:00 a.m. in the Mahaska County Courthouse.

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