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Supervisors reveal proposal from SRHS officials

At Monday's board meeting, the supervisors revealed that they received a proposal from SRHS officials to fund its troubled retirement plan up to 90 percent. (Photo source: WLOX) At Monday's board meeting, the supervisors revealed that they received a proposal from SRHS officials to fund its troubled retirement plan up to 90 percent. (Photo source: WLOX)
PASCAGOULA, MS (WLOX) -

After being silent for weeks, Jackson County Supervisors are now talking about the Singing River Health System pension plan.

At Monday's board meeting, the supervisors revealed that they received a proposal from SRHS officials to fund its troubled retirement plan up to 90 percent.

SRHS stopped contributing its portion to the pension after 2009 and never communicated it with retirees until late last year. Now it's underfunded by at least $150 million.

Supervisor Melton Harris said the board is currently reviewing that proposal to see if it's sustainable and to find out if the retirees can possibly get more money.

The county has also hired attorney Billy Guice to investigate the health system's finances and the pension plan debacle. He said a team of experts will be disclosing the results of a new hospital report to supervisors in executive session Monday.

Guice said because the report has very sensitive information, he would not be releasing results to retirees or the media at this time.

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