Lima council to vote on $1.2 million hike to health insurance


By Josh Ellerbrock - jellerbrock@limanews.com



LIMA — To deal with unexpected increased health insurance costs, Lima City Council will be considering the approval of an additional $1.2 million to the city’s 2019 budget.

According to a communication sent to city council, the “city’s first quarter self-funded health insurance costs are running at a higher level than budgeted.”

Approving changes to the city’s budget is relatively normal for city council as details of particular appropriations are hashed out throughout the year by the city’s administration. But a $1.2 million change is worth noting, especially when considering past comments made by City Finance Director Steve Cleaves about the year-over-year trend of rising health insurance costs that he pointed out during early 2019 budget talks.

The requested budget changes would add funds to a number of different insurance accounts serving employees of different city departments. The largest requested increases — $286,640 and $233,160 — would be appropriated to cover health insurance costs of the city’s police department and fire department, respectively.

Other items on the city’s agenda include:

• Approving contracts to buy a John Deere tractor at a cost of $85,000, to hire an industrial maintenance team to replace piping of an elevated tank on Mumaugh Road at a cost of $25,000 and to purchase and outfit a SWAT van at a cost of $55,000.

• Voting on legislation that would approve construction of sidewalks in front of 77 properties in the city of Lima. Some locations include the 2400 block of West Spring Street, the 300 block of South Blackburn Street and the 600 blocks of South Dewey Avenue, South Dana Avenue and South Collins Avenue.

• Passing a resolution that would declare council’s support of doubling the state’s allocation for Ohio rape crisis centers.

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By Josh Ellerbrock

jellerbrock@limanews.com

Reach Josh Ellerbrock at 567-242-0398.

Reach Josh Ellerbrock at 567-242-0398.

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