St. Lawrence County adopts workers’ compensation formula
|By Martha Ellen, Watertown Daily Times, N.Y.|
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"This is a better system than what we've had in the past even though it may cost my municipality more," Legislator
For years, the county has used a formula for the self-insurance plan so that participating towns, villages and the city of
Legislators do not believe that property assessment has anything to do with workers' compensation.
"We have not allocated workers' compensation fairly ever. I think it's wrong the way we've been doing it," Legislative Frederick S. Morrill, D-
The formula, adopted by a vote of 9-5, with Legislator
Taking a bite out of municipal costs could help keep the fire service going in some smaller towns, Legislator
The county has to have some type of plan by
He was joined by
Even with the county takeover of workers' compensation for emergency responders, most towns will not see a reduction,
"I know you wanted it to be fair," she said. "Where do you see it in this plan?"
She said she would look at the cost of the town of
"I think that would take the sourness out of this thing," he said. "I think we're on the cusp of coming up with something better."
Whether the change takes place immediately or a year from now, some municipalities have been under-paying while others have shouldered an undue burden, Legislator
The formula has not been fully vetted, Legislator
"I think this is the direction to head in but I think it's bad policy," he said. "It is a rushed policy. I don't think this is even close to where we want to end up."
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