Health and life insurance premiums are going up for Holton city employees in 2016 — and so are their wages.
During the Holton City Commission’s meeting on Tuesday, commissioners approved insurance contracts with Blue Cross/Blue Shield of Kansas for fiscal year 2016, noting that the overall price of premiums will increase by 7.57 percent, as Holton City Manager Bret Bauer noted.
Commissioners also approved a 3-percent across the board wage and salary increase for all city employees, with that increase to be split accordingly for full-time and part-time employees. The wage and salary increase, commissioners noted, was similar to an increase approved last year.
The city wasn’t aware a year ago whether it would be able to keep its current policies, he said, due to issues with ACA. This year, he said, BC/BS officials informed Bauer that the city “could, if we so choose to,”
(Read more: The Holton Recorder)