Guinn and health-care coverage

The Reporter’s Oct. 7 article regarding councilmember Sandy Guinn and her challenger, Tom Agnew, said, “She stated flatly she had rejected the health-care coverage.” A Dec. 2, 2008, city-manager e-mail confirmed that Sandy Guinn was receiving health-care benefits paid entirely by Bothell taxpayers. It cost the taxpayers of Bothell over $15,000 a year to provide her and her family with free benefits for a less-than-half-time public-service position. (Note: Her employer provides the same medical insurance plan.)

A Salary Commission was appointed in March to evaluate council compensation. The commission said it was “inappropriate” that the majority of council had voted themselves this plan. Did councilmember Guinn drop it in April when the commission made this statement? Nope, she didn’t drop it until July 30, 2009, after Tom Agnew registered to run against her.

Ernie and Patti Bellecy


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