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Director To Call for End to Health Benefits for Elected Officials on February 28

(Woodbury, NJ) - Gloucester County Freeholder Director Robert M. Damminger will introduce a resolution tonight that will amend the eligibility requirements under the county's health and welfare plan to eliminate elected officials and appointed officials benefits as of February 28, 2011.

"We put our residents first, not ourselves. Public service is about service, not about benefits. We learned last week that Sony in Pitman is closing at the end of March, times are tough and we know it. We are in the process of making some very difficult budget decisions and every dollar we can save now is going to help us toward our goal of cutting the county's tax rate," said Director Damminger.

Director Damminger said that he instructed the county administration to research all its legal options to eliminate the benefits as of February 28, 2011 and is satisfied the county can authorize the insurance commission to enact the plan changes quickly.

Damminger said, "We did not want to jeopardize anyone's situation by eliminating the benefit without giving them the time to secure other arrangements or if it was not within our legal purview. Since the announcement we have had overwhelming support from our Boards and Commissions and applaud their cooperation to save the taxpayers' dollars."