Insurance costs frustrate Monroe town council

    Monroe city employees and the town council continue to battle the increasing cost of health care coverage.
    Council President Al Lehman blames the town’s insurance woes on the federal Affordable Care Act.
    “The insurance our employees had was one of the best; it could make others envious of our coverage,” Lehman said at last week’s meeting of the town council. “But, because of this great nation we live in, that was deemed not good enough and we had to find something else or pay a fortune to keep the spruced up version of what he had.”
    Premium increases for two town employees were nearly $10,000 a year combined, twice as much as the total tax revenue increase for this year in the town, Lehman said. Now money that was conservatively allocated is not enough and the city will have to take funds from other projects that were planned for the town.
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