An appeals court has returned a split decision in a lawsuit filed by two Defiance city councilmen seeking reimbursement for health care benefits.
Three judges of the Third District Court of Appeals affirmed part of a ruling handed down in Defiance County Common Pleas Court in favor of Defiance city officials in defending suits filed by Council President Tim Holtsberry and former At-large Councilman Steve Hubbard, but reversed other parts.
While affirming that Hubbard and Holtsberry were not entitled to compensation in the period after Jan. 1, 2008, the appeals court ruled that they were entitled to health insurance benefits in 2007.
The appeals court’s decision now entitles Hubbard to receive $13,815 in reimbursement to join the city’s health insurance plan in 2007. Holtsberry is entitled to a like amount.