Friday, January 31, 2014

Eureka Pension and Health Costs

I've wondered at least a few times here how much health and pension costs of the county and local cities are affecting the budgets. The Times- Standard reports I seem to have been at least party right in my concerns:

"A similar forecast was made in 2013, but Dillingham said they did not take into account some of the financial changes made during that time, such as a 2 percent raise for county employees, and increase in health insurance, retirement and workers compensation costs."

What about Eureka, though? I still wonder how much of the city's cash crunch (resulting in the Measure O tax increase) had to do with increases with employee pension and health costs. 

The answer might be at hand. I received notice from a fellow from the Humboldt Taxpayer's League that he contacted Eureka City Hall and got some of the figures regarding pension costs and such. He's supposed to bring them to the next meeting of the Taxpayer's League on February 12. It will be interesting to see what information he has.


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