Janesville Taxpayers Save At Teachers' Expense

Posted: Tuesday, May 14, 2013 -- 11:20 p.m.

The Janesville School Board has approved big contract changes that will save taxpayers millions but cost teachers too.

A School Board spokeperson says members voted 8-0 Tuesday night to pass the new contracts.

The big change is in the employee health insurance contributions. Under the new contract, all school district employees will have to contribute 10 percent to their health plans. For the majority, that's more than triple the 3 percent they had been paying. The school board spokesperson said for the average family plan, employees will now need to contribute an extra $1,000 per year toward their health insurance. But that increase is expected to save taxpayers between $4-8 million per year.

The spokesperson said the new insurance contribution will go into effect in September.

This is all possible because of the state's new Act 10, which allowed school boards to change health insurance and pension contributions without getting approval from teacher unions.

The School Board rep days the Board held multiple listening sessions with the public and teachers before making its decision.

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