JACKSON COUNTY, MS (WLOX) - Days after the Jackson County supervisors' election shakeup, board members say they want to increase their efforts to help Singing River Health System's retirees.
Hundreds of retirees have been fighting since late last year to get their pension fully funded again, after the health system had stop contributing its portion to the employee plan in 2010. The frustrated group also worked hard to unseat two county supervisors they felt were not on their side, and the other two are heading to runoffs in just a few weeks.
During Monday's public board meeting, supervisors explained that the well-being of their constituents is more important to them than an election. They also asked retirees to answer a list of questions about their retirement benefits, pension statements and feelings about countywide tax increase.
Supervisors say those answers could help them hopefully end the pension saga and make the health system more profitable.