Five of the seven Council members are sponsoring the proposal, which will have its initial hearing at Tuesday evening's meeting, 6 News' Chance Walser reported.
The council members are part-time employees and make $16,000 a year.
The benefits proposal stipulates that the city "shall contribute exactly 75 percent of the total premium," or about $140,000 every year.
"I think a $20,000-a-year health benefit for a part-time job where City Council members earn $16,000 is just over the top," said Councilor John Accetturo, one of the few speaking out against the proposal. "There is no way we can justify this type of basic pay increase."
Notice that the Republican-controlled council waited until long after the May primary election, which for all practical purposes determines the election outcome in the heavily Republican city of Carmel, before floating their self-dealing proposal. These councilors are an embarrassment to the Republican Party. They're determined to keep up with the Indianapolis City-County Council, which also provides health insurance benefits to its part-time councilors. Many area school board members have also voted themselves health insurance benefits for their part-time positions. As a self-employed business owner who pays 100% of the cost of my health insurance, this absolutely outrages me when part-time elected officials think they are entitled to government-funded health insurance. I guess all the free tickets to concerts and sporting events, free meals, free trips and other freebies they get just isn't enough for their "civic virtue."