Lexington's Urban County Council has approved spending $3.8 million to soften the increased health insurance costs for city workers. The compromise came after several firefighters and other government employees protested outside City Hall and spoke at the Council's work session on Tuesday. Council member Kevin Stinnett spoke before a packed meeting Thursday night, saying the plan isn't perfect.
"It's a step in the right direction. And over the next year, it's going to take us all to continue to work on our healthcare costs, not just individually but collectively, and monitor this plan."
In 2012 the most popular healthcare plan will still increase by several hundred dollars, but the city will provide employees a supplement of $75 to $200 a month to bring the cost down. Mayor Jim Gray says it's not yet clear where that money will come from in Lexington's budget.