The city of Winona will spend over $70,000 to lighten the burden of increased insurance rates for its employees. Employee health insurance rates are expected to increase nearly eight percent next year. On Monday, the Council voted unanimously to approve the health insurance contract and a proposal from the city manager to defray increased costs by spending $70,000 in reserves. That expenditure is expected to cover half of the rate hike. Under the approved plan, the city and employees will split the remainder of the cost increase.
The council met in closed session to discuss union negotiations prior to approval of the employee insurance plan.