Budget concerns for G-I leaders

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Grand Island city employees may see higher health insurance deductibles as city leaders look for ways to cut costs. Grand Island City Administrator Mary Lou Brown said health insurance costs continue to go up.  The city of Grand Island is preparing a budget to be presented to the public and the city council next month. She said the city is taking a look at making its healthcare coverage more affordable – which may mean higher deductibles for city employees.  Brown said sales tax numbers are a little baffling.   She said one area that has had an impact on the budget is the city’s population growth. She said the city’s status as a Metropolitan Statistical Area has broadened its array for competitive wage comparisons.    Brown said the city is also seeing less than predicted sales tax growth.   She said the city had predicted about a 5% growth for this year and are seeing growth in the area of 3% over a year ago.  The Finance Department and City Administration plan to present this upcoming year’s proposed budget to the public and city council next month.

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