AMHERST, N.Y. – Amherst taxpayers will no longer be paying for lifetime health care benefits for elected officials.
The town board unanimously approved a measure Monday night ending the practice of paying for health care for the town supervisor, town clerk and highway superintendent after they leave office.
A similar resolution failed in 2014 when the town board voted 3-2 to have a committee study the issue. That committee has yet to reveal its findings, so councilmember Mark Manna pushed for Monday night's vote.
"The health care that elected officials receive is not cheap. They usually get the Cadillac plan, and it's usually between ten to $15,000 a year for those three positions," said Manna. "Going forward it could easily save 40 to $50,000 per year, even more."
This applies to any town supervisor, clerk or highway superintendent elected or re-elected after January 1, 2016.