ALLEN COUNTY, Ind. (Indiana’s NewsCenter) – The Allen County Council is in the process of reviewing projected budgets from county departments in an effort to shape the 2013 budget.
As councilmen review the $81 million budget, they are faced with projects and plans, that when combined, exceed the $81 million projected allotment and raise it $86 million, creating a shortfall. Allen County Council will, however, receive an additional $1.5 million from the state in previously lost money and could pull money from the rainy day fund.
In Wednesday’s meeting, more than two hours were devoted to tackling the issue of the county’s healthcare costs. County health insurance is self-funded and the county is responsible for paying claims. They are claims, according to the county, that are increasing and an additional $4.8 million has been requested by Allen County Auditor Tera Klutz to cover those costs.
Councilmen also discussed the status of a county clinic, which serves county employees. While the cost of running the clinic was not made clear, it is possible the clinic could be cut to save money in 2013.
The budget hearings resume Thursday morning at 8:30 a.m. at Citizens Square.
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