Health and Medical Benefits
All employees of the City of Azle are covered under the Texas Worker’s Compensation Act through the Texas Municipal League Intergovernmental Risk Pool, effective on the first day of employment.
All other health and medical benefits generally become effective on the first day of the month following 30 days of service for all full time employees.
The plan year for health/medical benefits runs from January 1st through December 31st.
The City of Azle offers employees the choice of a traditional PPO plan with co-pay (base plan), a High Deductible Health Plan (HDHP) with Health Savings Account (HSA), or a buy-up option of an HMO. Plans are issued through TML IEBP and utilize the BCBSTX network.
The City of Azle covers 100% of the employee only premium cost of the base plan, which is more expensive than the HDHP plan. Therefore, If an employee elects coverage under the HDHP, the cost difference between the base plan and the HDHP is contributed by the City to the employee's HSA account each month. Health Savings Accounts are carried by HSA Bank. Employees who elect the HMO buy-up plan pay the difference between the PPO and HMO premiums.
Additionally, all full time employees of the City of Azle receive paid dental through Humana; as well as term life Insurance, short term disability, long term disability, and accidental death & dismemberment benefits through Sunlife Financial.
Dependent coverage and/or additional coverage is available at the employee’s expense.
Machine Readable Files Provided by TML Health per the Transparency in Coverage Rule (TiC) can be found at the following link:
- Two (2) weeks per year through year 5 of full time continuous service, with the first week available after 6 months
- Three (3) weeks after 5 years of service
- Four (4) weeks after 15 years of service
* Ten (10) days (80 hours) per year (Max 60 days/480 hours)
* One (1) day after first 6 months; two (2) days each January 1, thereafter (reverts to sick leave if not used)
* Eleven (11) days per year
Cafeteria Plan - Section 125
All qualifying medical-related expenditures may be payroll deducted on a pre-tax basis by participation/enrollment in this plan.
Additionally, eligible childcare expenses are pre-taxed through participation/enrollment in this plan.
For employee convenience, a debit card is available under this plan for a small service fee. This card operates like a credit card and alleviates waiting periods commonly encountered through the reimbursement process.
All full-time employees are required to participate in the Texas Municipal Retirement System, requiring six percent (7%) payroll deduction at a 2:1 employer match. These contributions are tax deferred. Employees are vested after five (5) years of employment. This plan includes Disability and Supplemental Death benefits. The City Council has also adopted the Restricted Prior Service Credits provision under TMRS, and retirement eligibility after 20 years of service regardless of age.
Deferred Compensation Plan - 457(b)
The City offers voluntary participation in a deferred compensation plan through Nationwide for full time employees.
With the exception of the mandatory Medicare Hospital Tax (1.45% of gross earnings), the City of Azle does not participate in Social Security deductions for full time employees.
Part time employees who are scheduled to work less than 1000 hours per year are subject to Social Security.
Free financial planning sessions quarterly
Quarterly employee recognition events
Annual employee appreciation and awards banquet