A bid from
The city's current insurance carrier, Aetna, offered a renewal bid for 2017 that showed a 7.9-percent cost increase.
City staff, along with a wage and benefit committee, studied 26 plan designs before making a recommendation.
Health insurance costs are up industry-wide, but the city also has seen cost increases due to the volume and severity of employee claims.
"I think we're lucky we got single-digit increases," Giebler said. "Any year you get that for health insurance right now is pretty amazing."
The commission in 2010 set a
City employees will be required to pay a portion of premium costs.
The commission also will consider allocating
"Going forward, as we continue to absorb increases, the employees are just going to have to pay more; that's just the way it is," City Manager
Dougherty also praised city staff's efforts to identify the most cost-effective health insurance option by seeking bids often. Switching health insurance carriers isn't always a popular choice, he noted.
"A lot of employers try to avoid that negative feedback and stick with the same plan," Dougherty said. "We've chased those low premiums every year, if necessary, to try to get the best deal."
In other business Thursday:
--Commissioners discussed renewing a contract for
--The commission had a 15-minute executive session to discuss possible property acquisition.
--Dougherty provided more details regarding existing economic development incentives in the area near Home Depot where a new retail development has been proposed. Hays
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