Jackson Township is keeping its current insurance plan, but the cost will go up.

Jackson Township is keeping its current insurance plan, but the cost will go up.

The Jackson Township Board of Trustees voted March 25 to renew the township's group health insurance benefits from Medical Mutual of Ohio through Ohio Insurance Services, an independent insurance agency. Trustees Stephen Bowshier and Jim Rauck voted for the renewal. Trustee Chairman David Burris was absent.

The renewal will take effect in May.

"We are renewing as-is," Township Administrator Mike Lilly said. "It's the exact same plan everyone is familiar with."

The township has 90 employees on its insurance plan, 84 on the family policy and six on the individual. Employees pay 7.5 percent of the premiums.

While the plan's benefits will remain identical, it will cost more for both the township and the employees. The total premium cost to employees and the township will increase from $976,639 to $1,054,770, an 8 percent hike.

Under the plan, employees with a family policy will see their costs increase from $70.65 per month to $76.29 per month, an increase of $5.65 or $67.81 for the year. For employees on the single plan, the monthly premium will go from $28.42 to $30.69, an increase of $2.27 per month or $27.28 for the year.

Along with the 8 percent increase to the premiums, the townships anticipates a 5 percent increase to the amount it contributes to health reimbursement accounts, the cost of which the township does not share with employees. The HRA costs are expected to grow from $553,283 to $580,947, a 5 percent increase based on medical inflation figures for 2014.

In total, the cost for the township will be $1,556,609, up from $1,456,674, or 6.86 percent.

In other news from the township meeting:

* The board authorized the purchase of rock salt from the Ohio Department of Transportation for next winter. The township will take part in two purchases from ODOT, one in the summer to replenish the amount used this past winter and another to cover future demands.

This past winter, Lilly said the service department accumulated nearly 400 hours worth of overtime, which is 32 percent higher than average.

* The trustees also passed a resolution urging Ohio voters to support State Issue 1, a renewal of the State Capital Improvements Program on the May 6 ballot. If approved by voters, the program will be used by the state to issue $1.875 billion in capital improvement bonds to fund infrastructure projects in local communities.