Commissioners OK software purchase; also approve changing ‘stop loss’ insurance carriers
The Titus County Commissioners Court earlier this week voted to move forward with purchasing software to help track vehicle and equipment maintenance, and also approved a proposal for “stop loss” insurance related to the employee health plan.
The moves were made during a special meeting of the court held Monday morning.
Commissioners voted 4-1 to purchase Mitchell 1 software to be used by the county’s mechanics shop. The software will cost $4,368, paid in monthly installments of $364. The proposal passed with Commissioner Al Riddle opposing it. Riddle had stated earlier he didn’t think the county should spend the money to acquire the software.
The vote on the Mitchell 1 software followed commissioners tabling the item during their meeting last week, to provide more time to research what it could do for the county.
The biggest ticket item on the agenda Monday had to do with proposals to provide stop loss insurance. Stop loss policies help protect entities from the big hits that can come from a catastrophic insurance claim or multiple large claims.
The company over the past year has had a policy with Zurich North America with an annual fixed cost of $387,237. But the two proposals from that company for this year carried annual fixed costs of $524,528 and $476,885.
Commissioners wound up voting to change carriers, going with a proposal from QBE A&H with an annual fixed cost of $394,806 — roughly a 2 percent increase over the previous year.