Milwaukee County Mulls Insurance Increase

7/23/11 – Milwaukee County officials have been told the multi-million dollar deficits the county faces could be eliminated by making its workers pay more for their benefits. County employees could find themselves paying a bigger portion of the cost for their health insurance coverage. The county has the ability to raise property taxes as it deals with funding shortfalls. The city is considering a similar question. Requiring city employees to pay 12 percent of their premiums is expected to come up before the full common council at its next meeting Tuesday. That could mean an additional two thousand dollars out of the pocket of an employee who was covering a family of four.