County governments across the nation will have to make tough scheduling decisions at the start of next year with the implementation of the Affordable Care Act.
Todd County is in the process of hiring at least two and maybe three part-time emergency dispatchers. During this morning's Fiscal Court meeting, Treasurer Tammy Robertson told Dispatch Director Karen Stratton her part time employees will no longer be able to work more than 25 hours a week under any circumstances after the start of the year. She says once you allow an employee to cross that threshold, they will forever be eligible for health insurance benefits through the county.
The end result will mean more overtime for full-time employees in multiple departments, according to Ms. Robertson, who says it will be imperative the department heads keep up with work hours going forward.
In other business, magistrates unanimously approved a three year maintenance contract with Computer Information Systems for the dispatch center's new Computer Aided Dispatch system. The cost will be $10,000 annually the first three years and could go up five percent after that, if the county chose to renew the contract.
Director Stratton says the new CAD system necessitates a contract and that particular system is necessary to maintain interoperability with Christian County. The Christian and Todd County dispatch centers serve as backups for each other in the case of a disaster.