This is it.

It’s the final opportunity for the Board of Supervisors of the Gateway Services Community Development District to do the responsible thing for the residents when it comes to the district staff’s health insurance plan.

At the GSCDD Board meeting on August 20, 2015, Supervisor Rod Senior is expected to make a motion that would see the each employee begin to contribute $40 per month toward their insurance premiums, with Gateway residents paying the remaining $830 per month on the employee’s behalf.

Senior will likely suggest the employee contribution begin in May 2016.

Senior’s plan closely mirrors the plan that Lee County offers its employees. County employees contribute $30 per month each.

This is an issue that the Sun has been pushing hard for, and we have enjoyed nearly 100% support from our readers.

Unfortunately so far we’ve only had 20% support from the Board of Supervisors.

Sometimes it seems as though the Supervisors tiptoe around the GSCDD staff. It’s almost as if they don’t want to hurt anybody’s feelings over in the district’s offices.

But if the Supervisors aren’t brave enough to make this easy decision to save the residents between $5,000 and $6,000 per year, how can they be counted on to make the really tough decisions down the road when there’s hundreds of thousands of dollars, or even millions, on the line?

It’s not just about having the guts. It’s about leadership. And it’s also about being able to see something that’s just common sense and making the right decision.

Not to mention it’s obviously what the residents want.

If the Board can’t get it right with the premium contributions, I’ll be trembling alongside Supervisor Gary Neubauer when the Board needs to tackle the real problems.

This will probably┬ábe the last time the current Board of Supervisors addresses this issue. Let’s hope they get it right.

Editor of the Gateway Sun and owner of restaurant delivery service Florida Food Runner.

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