The Knox City Council this week passed a motion increasing the city’s income protection insurance benefit from $300 per week to $1000 per week. The discussion originated from a fireman who was injured while investigating a fire, preventing him from working his full-time job.
The Knox City Council previously discussed increasing the income protection benefit, but Mayor Rick Chambers had asked Fire Chief Kenny Pfost to figure out the average pay received by firefighters to allow the council to decide whether to increase the insurance benefits to $600, $800, or $1000 weekly at an additional expense. Pfost returned this week and explained that the average income of their volunteer firemen from their full-time job is around $920 per week.
To reimburse employees who are injured on the job, the city council passed a motion unanimously to increase the insurance coverage to $1000 per week. The motion passed with none opposed.