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October 24, 2013

City insurance vote ends in a tie


"I think we really need to have an employee contribution of some kind to these health plans," Rowland said.

He suggested the city ask employees to contribute 2 percent to their health care for five years that would offset the city's cost.

This year, the city paid $9,012 per single and $21,840 per family and Kinser expects those costs to rise based on the city's claims.

However, Rowland's amendment didn't garner enough support to pass or enough opposition to fail.

At-Large Council members Jennifer Graf and Charlie Mulholland and Ward 3 Councilwoman Bev Hermann voted against the 2 percent contribution. Ward 1 Councilwoman Maggie Klaes recused herself and Rowland, Ward 2 Councilwoman Julie Allesee and Ward 4 Councilman Paul Gassman voted in favor of the 2 percent contribution.

A 3-to-3 vote also stalled the medical plan without the contribution from being approved, though the line up was not the same. Rowland, Allesee and Mulholland voted against the plan as it was presented. Klaes again recused herself and Graf, Gassman and Hermann voted in favor of the plan changes.

The deadlock means both items will automatically be placed on the next Committee of the Whole agenda.



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