Tulsa County Employees To Pay $24K Monthly Affordable Care Act Tax

Tuesday, January 7th 2014, 4:50 pm
By: Richard Clark

The Tulsa County Budget Board voted to force employees to pay a new $24,000 monthly tax levied on Tulsa County by the Affordable Care Act.

The board held a special meeting last month in which Tulsa County Human Resources Director Terry Tallent explained that the ACA is levying the tax on the county's insurance plan as of January 1, 2014.

At the meeting last month, the budget board decided that the county would pay the tax for January. 

12/10/2013: Related Story: Affordable Care Act To Cost Tulsa County Extra $24K Per Month

At a special meeting on Tuesday afternoon, the board voted to begin passing the cost of the tax onto county employees.

An employee who is single with no dependents will pay $12 a month. An employee who insures his or her whole family will pay an extra $37 per month, according to Michael Willis, Chief Deputy County Commissioner.

The budget board is made up of the three county commissioners and the county's other five county-wide elected officials; the assessor, treasurer, clerk, court clerk and sheriff.

Also at Tuesday's meeting, the board discussed approving a pay increase at a later meeting to offset the impact on employees.