The City of Valdosta provides medical, dental, and life insurance coverage, Long Term Disability (LTD), retirement (pension) plan, optional Deferred Compensation (457b) Retirement Plan, paid time off, ten (10) days of paid holidays each calendar year, the Employee Assistance Program and prescription drug card program. Insurance coverage becomes effective on the first day of the month following the first full month of employment. Employees are also given the option of purchasing medical, dental, and life insurance for their verified eligible dependents. There are no maximums on the number of eligible dependents that may be covered. Click here to email benefits questions to HR.
Please view the links below for more detailed information regarding benefits:
- Important Contact Info
- Medical Insurance
- Dental Insurance
- Life Insurance
- YMCA Membership
- Long Term Disability
- Short Term Disability
- Pension Plan (Retirement)
- Deferred Compensation Plan
- Paid Time Off (PTO)
Important Contact Info
MEDICAL AND DENTAL
ELIGIBILITY VERIFICATION: 800-523-0582
ELIGIBILITY AND CLAIM STATUS: 708-647-3401
NURSE HOTLINE 24/7: 888-546-8463
CUSTOMER SERVICE: 800-523-0582
ELAP SERVICES: 800-977-7381
ELAP EMAIL: email@example.com
ELAP FAX: 888-560-2447
Medical Insurance is administered by HealthComp. Employee-only coverage is provided at a cost of $27.50 per employee per payday. Coverage may also be purchased for eligible dependents of the employee. Employees may make insurance selections during their new employee orientation session. The insurance selections must be made during the allotted timeframe following their date of employment.
Benefits selections may only be changed within thirty (30) days of employment, during the annual benefits open enrollment period (if placed under the 125 pre-tax option), or if the employee experiences a qualifying status change event. Eligible benefits will begin the first day of the month following thirty (30) days of employment.
The current premiums are listed below and will be deducted each pay period:
- Employee – $27.50 per payday (for Non-Smoker)
- Eligible spouses who have other coverage available through their employer, but elect not to enroll in that coverage, will pay an additional$45.00 per pay period if placed under the qualifying employee's city coverage.
- Dependent - Medical Cost: Employees are given the option of purchasing medical for eligible dependents.
- Below are the rates for dependent coverage:
Employee + Spouse
Employee + Spouse + 1 Child
Employee + Spouse + 2 Children
Employee + Spouse + 3 Children
Employee + Spouse + 4 or more children
Employee with child(ren) and no spouse
Employee + 1 Child
Employee + 2 Children
Employee + 3 Children
Employee + 4 or more Children
- Deductible: A $500 deductible per person must be met each calendar year. In addition, employees must complete a wellness physical during the month of the employee's birth each year to qualify for the low deductible.
- Prescription Drug Card Program: The co-pay for prescriptions is as follows:
- Generic: $10.00
- Brand Name: $30.00
- Non-Preferred: $50.00
Dental Insurance coverage is offered to covered employees and eligible dependents. A tobacco rate also applies to dental coverage for employees and eligible dependents.
- Premiums Per Pay Period:
- Single/Individual Coverage: $6.00
- Family Coverage: $12.00
- Tobacco users pay an additional $25 per pay period
- Deductible/Maximum: A $100 deductible per person must be met each calendar year. There is also a $1,000 per calendar year maximum per person.
- Services: Under the reasonable and customary charge, one oral examination (other than an emergency examination) and cleaning may be covered at six-month intervals.
- Orthodontics: Orthodontic coverage is payable at 50%, with a $1,000 lifetime maximum, and may include other applicable eligibility requirements.
The City of Valdosta provides $10,000 in life insurance coverage to eligible employees at no cost to the employee. Up to $150,000 in additional coverage may be purchased at the employee's expense.
Life insurance coverage is also available for eligible dependents of the employee but must be purchased by the employee. Premiums for elected coverage will be deducted each pay period for each valid eligible dependent enrollment, as follows:
Amount of Additional Coverage Elected
Premium Per Pay Period
The local YMCA offers the City of Valdosta employees a discounted membership fee that is automatically deducted each pay date.
The cost of membership per pay period is as follows:
- Individual: $17.50
- Family: $22.00
Long Term Disability
The City of Valdosta provides Long Term Disability benefits to eligible employees at no cost to the employee. Long Term Disability benefits are payable after 180 days of continuous disability.
Short Term Disability
Voluntary Short-Term Disability coverage may be purchased through Taylor Insurance Company. Please contact the City of Valdosta Human Resources Department at 229-259-3544 or a Taylor Insurance Representative at 229-292-0902 or 229-247-6411 for more information.
Pension Plan (Retirement)
The purpose of the City’s retirement plan is to provide additional income to make it easier for you and your family to be secure and independent in your retirement years. The plan is designed for career employees to help supplement Social Security benefits and personal savings for your retirement. All employees are required to become members of the City of Valdosta's Retirement Plan.
If an employee separates from City employment before investing, he will receive a return on all contributions (ROC) paid into the retirement plan. An employee who separates with ten or more years of service will not receive a ROC and will be eligible for an unreduced pension at age 65.
Class 1 Employees
Existing Class 1 employees and all employees hired after August 11, 2005, regardless of age, are required to make personal, pre-tax contributions to the plan. Pre-tax contributions are made by payroll deduction. The contribution amount is equal to 2% of the employee’s current annual earnings.
The normal retirement age for Class 1 employees and all employees hired after August 11, 2005, is age 65. Employees who are employed when they meet the Rule of 75 (any combination of your age and service that equals 75) may qualify for an "in-service" retirement.
Class 2 Employees
Class 2 employees (hired before August 11, 2005, over 35 years of age) are not required to make any contributions toward the cost of the plan. The normal retirement age for Class 2 employees is age 65. There are also options for a reduced Early Retirement benefit if you are at least age 55 and have at least ten years of credited service.
Class 3 Employees
Existing Class 3 employees hired on or after August 11, 2005, are required to make personal, pre-tax contributions to the plan. Pre-tax contributions are made by payroll deduction. The contribution amount is equal to 2% of the employee’s current annual earnings. Employees hired on or after July 1, 2010, contribute 3% of their salary every payday. The normal retirement age for Class 3 employees is age 65. Employees who are employed when they meet the Rule of 75 (any combination of age plus years of service equaling 75) may qualify for "in-service" retirement.
Class 4 Employees
Current employees hired on or after September 1, 2013, contribute 3% of their salary every payday. The normal retirement age for Class 4 employees is age 65. Employees who are employed when they meet the Rule of 80 (any combination of age plus years of service equaling 80) may qualify for "in-service" retirement.
Deferred Compensation Retirement Plan
Deferred Compensation (457b) is a voluntary optional retirement investment plan administered by EMPOWER Retirement. Employees are eligible to invest pre-tax dollars through payroll deductions.
The Deferred Compensation Program is a voluntary way to make a difference in your financial future. You may join the growing family of public employees across the nation who is signing up for enhanced retirement security.
Participating in the Deferred Retirement plan is easy. You elect to contribute a portion of your pay to your plan account each pay period through a convenient payroll deduction. Once in the plan, tax advantages give your retirement investments the ability to grow tax-deferred.
If you are interested in participating in this program, please contact Human Resources at 229-259-3544.
Paid Time Off (PTO)
Vacation and sick accruals start with the first date of employment. Accrued time may not be taken during the probationary employment.
The City of Valdosta provides ten (10) days of paid holidays each calendar year. They are as follows:
- New Year's Day
- Martin Luther King, Jr. Day
- Memorial Day
- Independence Day
- Friday before Easter (Good Friday)
- Labor Day
- Thanksgiving Day
- Christmas Eve
- Christmas Day
If the holiday falls on a Saturday, the holiday is celebrated the preceding Friday. If the holiday falls on a Sunday, the holiday is celebrated the following Monday.
Valdosta City Hall
216 E. Central Ave.
Valdosta, GA 31601