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County Judge Reports Increase in County Employee Health Insurance Rates During September Quorum Court Meeting

The Polk County Quorum Court met Thursday evening for their September session. All 11 Justices of the Peace were in attendance with the meeting presided over by County Judge Brandon Ellison. Several other elected officials and visitors were present.

In addition to routine business, Judge Ellison reported to the JPs that the premium for the county employees health insurance would likely increase by as much as $337,000 for 2020, which would make the premium close to $1,000,000. Judge Ellison and County Clerk Terri Harrison have met with insurance company representatives and also consulted with others without resolution or options. The JPs and Judge all seemed in agreement that quality insurance for county employees was key to keeping good employees and attracting new ones when needed. More information will be provided to the JPs in October so action can be taken prior to the November meeting when the 2020 budget is considered.

Judge Ellison gave the JPs a report on recently completed and current road projects and shared that he was pleased with progress his road department had made recently after a rough start earlier in the year due to weather.

Judge Ellison announced that there would be a celebration for the 175th birthday of Polk County in October. The event will be at the Polk County Courthouse on October 11th at 2:00 p.m. and include a brief history of the county by local historian Michael Cate and comments by State Representative John Maddox. The public is encouraged to attend the special event.

Polk County became the 48th Arkansas county on November 30, 1844 and was previously a part of Sevier County.

The next Quorum Court meeting will be October 22, 2019 at 6:00 p.m. in the Quorum Court Meeting Room located in the Polk County Office Complex (old hospital) on Pine Street in Mena.

Quorum Court meetings are open to the public.

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