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City may use savings to compensate for rising health care costs

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Employees and department heads attended a special called meeting to discuss rising health care costs. Employees and department heads attended a special called meeting to discuss rising health care costs.
COLUMBUS, GA (WTVM) -

Columbus City Council members are discussing the rise cost of its workers' health care.

City officials warn that if something isn't done soon, they may have to dip into the city's savings to compensate for the rise in employee health care. They say they are already facing a $2 million deficit.

Department heads of the Columbus Consolidated Government and employees voiced their concerns about this issue at a special called meeting on Dec. 7.

"We intended to continue asking our employees for input, and seeing what great ideas they come up with. I think the fact of the matter is these large issues about pension and health care and overtime and many of the other issues that we've been dealing with are really the ones where we are going to find millions of dollars in potential savings," says Mayor Theresa Tomlinson.

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