LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) - Rising healthcare costs could mean some budget shifting in Pulaski County. Nearly 1,100 county employees have to pay for healthcare for the first time.
But Pulaski County Justice of the Peace Bob Johnson has proposed an alternative – to take money from other county funds and pay the difference in the higher healthcare premiums.
"One of them is the public safety reserve fund and the other is the emergency reserve fund," said Mike Hutches, Pulaski County Comptroller.
The question is – is it safe to take money from the public safety fund. According to Sheriff Doc Holladay, the last time the county used public safety money was a few years ago, when Pulaski County jail added 240 beds.
The public safety reserve fund has $7 million and under the proposal $100,000 goes to healthcare. The emergency reserve fund has $1,069,000 and under the proposal $69,000 goes to healthcare.