New commissioners vote to end benefits

JOHNSON CITY, Tenn. (AP) – Taxpayers won’t subsidize health benefits for the Washington County Commission for much longer.

The Johnson City Press ( reports that commissioners voted 20-4 on Monday to approve a resolution that will end the practice after March 31. The majority of newly seated commissioners, who had promised during their campaigns to take the action, said they were carrying out the will of their constituents.

The four commissioners who voted against the proposal said they preferred to wait until the end of the fiscal year, in June, to end the health benefits.

The newspaper reported that county taxpayers have funded $407,376 in health insurance costs for county commissioners and their family members from September 2011 through June 2013.