JUNEAU – Although Dodge County insurance rates have increased by 14% for the next calendar year, they are in line with most Wisconsin counties, and well below the 30% seen in previous years, according to the county executive committee.

The rates were published Monday afternoon by Eric Zaunervice president of Robertson Ryan & Associates of Waukeshato Dodge County Executive Committee meeting held at the administration building. Coverage begins July, 1st for the following calendar year.

Robertson Ryan & Associates covers the following areas:

Environmental liability of storage tanks ($1 million per incident and $1 million AGGREGATE); Clearview General and Professional and Medical Liability ($1 million each occurrence, $1 million each offense of bodily harm or offense of publicity and $3 million AGGREGATE); automatic physical damage ($16.5 million for vehicles with a value of less than $100,000 and more than $100,000; assets (including buildings, property, contractors’ equipment and business income valued at $253.6 million).

Total bonuses $315,585up 14% from last year’s total $274,969.

“That seems high to me,” said a committee member Jenifer Hedrick.

“We are very happy with the pricing structure as it is,” Zauner said. “That’s right in the 4-15% window in our coverage pool. Clearview is one of the best qualified care facilities in the state of Wisconsin. Although the Clearview premium has increased significantly, no one else can compete with the prices we have now.”

“For what it’s worth, you see the same kind of health insurance rate increases,” the company’s attorney said. Kim Nas.

committee member Kira Sheahan-Malloy suggested that a vehicle list be checked to make sure it’s up to date, which might save some money, and Zauner said he’d double-check.

The committee voted unanimously, thus forwarding it to the county council for final approval.

Andre Johnsonwho had just previously been elected to serve as Secretary of the Executive Committee, provided an update on ARPA Fund Awards.

“So far, we have committed $4,468,800 of the $17 million funds we had,” Johnson said. “The goal was to spend about half the money – about $8 million – and commit another $4 million before concluding this year’s meetings. Next year we will work to allocate the rest of our funds.”

Johnson said more members could be added to the ARPA ad hoc group next year if other county council members wish to join.

He also suggested the county could limit Phase Two rewards to road repairs.

“We are talking about $5 millionwhich is not a lot when it comes to road repairs,” he said. “I will need direction on this.

The session ended with a lengthy discussion of county council rules. Topics include virtual attendance of committee members, a rule to prevent resolutions from coming back for approval despite repeated refusal (approved and forwarded to council) and continuing to authorize the chairman of the county council Dave Frohling to put any question on the agenda without a motion from the meeting.

The debate is ongoing.


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