BRENTWOOD, Mo.(KMOV) -- Some residents of Brentwood are raising concerns about the health benefits given to the city's part-time elected officials.
Considered full-time employees, the officials get the same insurance package as other city workers.
That means their premiums are paid for by the city.
Mayor Pat Kelly says the policy isn’t new and he doesn’t consider it to be out of line.
“I don’t consider health insurance to be a luxury and this is truly a benefit and we as a city made a policy a number of years ago to make health insurance available to elected officials.”
Four of the nine elected city officials take advantage of the benefits. With the city covering the $450-per-month premiums, the yearly total reaches $24,000.
Kelly says he hasn’t received any protests or calls to cut the benefit. But he added that if money were tight, he would consider it.
However, in recent years, the city’s revenue has been up.
“We’ve been able to offer some of the best benefits to our employees and those kinds of things for a number of years and we’re fortunate for that,” he said. “But every city’s different.”
Kelly, who’s been in office 10 years, says the insurance benefit is slowly being phased out as new officials are elected into office.
In a town meeting on June 11, Kelly stood by the city's policy.