Prior to the adoption of Ord. 15754 on 09/21/1998, Section 19-110 read as follows.


    Any major policy changes concerning the following benefits shall be by council action based upon the recommendation of the city manager:

    (a) Employee health care plan. The city shall pay into the employees' health plan trust fund two hundred fifty-four dollars and thirty-six cents ($254.36) per month (or the total cost of the employee's health care plan coverage, if less) toward the cost of employee health care plan coverage of each eligible employee who participates in the plan. These payments by the city shall begin at the expiration of the first six-month period of employment and end at the date of termination with the city. Employees choosing not to participate in the health care plan shall not be entitled to receive the amount the city would have contributed toward the cost of such employees' health care plan coverage. During the first six (6) months of an employee's employment with the city, the city manager in the manager's sole discretion and on a case-by-case basis, may increase the employee's compensation in an amount equal to payments that the employee makes for health insurance; provided that the amount paid under this sentence shall not exceed the amount the city pays into the employee's health plan trust fund for each employee under this subsection.

    (b) Life insurance. The city shall, each month pay for and on behalf of each eligible employee who subscribes to the city's group life insurance policy, a sum of up to one-half (1/2) the cost of insurance coverage available to the employee pursuant to the group policy. (Employees who are not under the jurisdiction of an organized employee union or association may have their individual term life insurance costs paid by the city.) An insurance fund is hereby established which shall consist of all dividends paid on life insurance policies issued under the city's group life insurance policy and all city employees authorize and consent to the use of such dividends as herein provided by their participation in the city's group life insurance policy. The insurance fund shall be used to pay one-third (1/3) of the cost of the insurance coverage available to an employee under the city's group policy for so long as funds are available, during which time the city and employee shall each contribute one-third (1/3) of the cost of such life insurance. Payments by the city and insurance fund shall begin at the date of hire into a permanent position.

    (c) Retirement systems. All permanent employees, except employees hired as full-time, regular firefighters are required to participate in the Federal Social Security System immediately upon appointment to city employment. All employees, except full-time regular firefighters and full-time regular police officers, working one thousand five hundred (1,500) hours or more in a calendar year shall participate in the Missouri Local Government Retirement System (LAGERS). Participation in LAGERS for eligible employees begins following completion of the first six (6) months of city employment. Full-time regular firefighters and full-time regular police officers participate in the retirement plans set out in Chapter 18 of this code.

    (d) Deferred compensation.

    (1)    Employees may, at their option, participate in a group deferred compensation plan adopted by the city council action, pursuant to rules, regulations, policies, and procedures established for such plan. The city manager shall recommend to the city council, and the council shall by resolution adopt any necessary contractual arrangements, and/or subsequent changes or modifications. This program shall be monitored in terms of use, feasibility, implementation, and related matters through the personnel office.

    (2)    Employees shall, if interested, participate in such plan via payroll deduction of individually arranged contributions.

    (3)    The city shall contribute to the deferred compensation plan account selected by each employee covered by the Railroad Retirement Act of 1974 an amount equal to eight and three-tenths (8.3) percent of the employee's total compensation.

    (4)    The city shall contribute biweekly to the deferred compensation plan account selected by the chief of police an amount to be determined by the city manager.

    (e) Money purchase plans. Permanent employees may, at their option, participate in the City of Columbia, Missouri Money Purchase Plan, a defined contribution plan operating under section 401(a) of the Internal Revenue Code of 1986. Subject to the provisions of the plan and the limitations imposed by section 401(a)(4) of the Internal Revenue Code of 1986, the city will contribute to the plan trust fund on behalf of each participating employee who contributes to a group deferred compensation plan (457 plan) at the minimum rate of two dollars and fifty cents ($2.50) per pay period, an amount equal to the employee's contribution to the 457 plan up to a maximum of two (2) per cent of the employee's compensation. The city will contribute to the plan trust fund on behalf of the chief of police an amount equal to two (2) per cent of the compensation of the chief of police.

(Code 1964, § 22.665; Ord. No. 9936, § 1, 9-19-83; Ord. No. 10714, § 1, 9-3-85; Ord. No. 10733, § 1, 9-16-85; Ord. No. 10768, § 1, 10-21-85; Ord. No. 12024, § 1, 9-19-88; Ord. No. 12122, § 4, 2-6-89; Ord. No. 12417, § 1, 11-20-89; Ord. No. 12716, § 1, 8-22-90; Ord. No. 12841, § 1, 1-7-91; Ord. No. 13046, § 1, 8-5-91; Ord. No. 13135, § 1, 10-7-91; Ord. 13430, § 1, 9-8-92; Ord. No. 13440, § 5, 9-21-92; Ord. No. 13487, § 11, 10-19-92; Ord. No. 13495, § 1, 11-2-92; Ord. No. 13817 § 1, 9-20-93; Ord. No. 13894 § 1, 12-6-93; Ord. No. 14660 § 1, 10-2-95; Ord. No. 14700 § 1, 11-20-95; Ord. No. 14982, § 2, 9-16-96; Ord. No. 14982, § 2, 9-16-96; Ord. No. 14985, § 1, 9-16-96; Ord. No. 15035, § 1, 10-21-96; Ord. No. 15063, § 1, 11-18-96; Ord. No. 15300, § 2, 7-21-97; Ord. No. 15355, § 1, 9-15-97)