- Associated Press - Tuesday, March 24, 2015

BEAUFORT, S.C. (AP) - Hundreds of Beaufort County employees, retirees and Bluffton firefighters are losing some retirement benefits as the county moves to cut costs.

The Island Packet reports (https://bit.ly/1IprYdj ) that county workers with 15 years of service and firefighters with 25 years can continue the health coverage they had when they retired with the county covering some of the premiums depending on years of service.

But Beaufort County Council on Monday voted to end the benefit that now costs the county $300,000 a year. Right now about 90 employees draw the benefit and another 500 are eligible.

County leaders say they wanted to end the benefit before it became an unfunded liability hurting the county’s credit rating.

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Information from: The Island Packet, https://www.islandpacket.com

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