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City insurance issue draws rebuttal

Posted on Tuesday, September 19, 2017 at 10:19 am

Discussion during the Fayetteville Board of Mayor and Aldermen’s work session on employee health insurance, covered in last week’s Times, has drawn a rebuttal from a local insurance agent who is working to keep the city’s business.

“I have always maintained and informed the decision makers that if an alternate plan makes it better and cheaper for the employees to go with the state, then I have no issue with those plans, as I am a citizen and a taxpayer of Fayetteville, and I want what is best for all employees,” said Dixie Smith of Dixie Smith Insurance Agency in Fayetteville, explaining that she would appreciate the opportunity to rebut the article, “City eyes saving $100K on insurance.”

“The savings that I was told when I first learned they were considering going with the state plan would be approximately $45,000 to $47,000,” said Smith, noting projections referred to in the meeting estimated the savings at between $100,000 and $125,000.

“My question of these figures is how can one calculate these savings, when the state offers four plans?” she said.

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