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Saving cash top concern

Town looks to save on health insurance

October 12, 2009
oming probability of further cuts in local aid, Southbridge Town Manager Christopher Clark has been looking at one of today's hot-button issues as a source of savings. Last week, the General Government subcommittee unanimously supported his recommendation to change what the town's offering for health insurance, sending it to next week's Town Council for a vote.

If it passes and the unions approve the changes, Clark said, the plan will save Southbridge almost $325,000 a year in premiums.

"This is far from a done deal," he said. "It's the first salvo in a struggle."

He said he opted to avoid executive sessions on this issue because "either this will survive the light of day or it won't."

Union members will see a mixture of savings and hikes depending on what parts of the plan they use, but Clark said overall costs for employees should also drop for both single and family plans. There won't be any changes in the current 50/50 cost split.

See Wednesday's Southbridge Evening News for complete coverage of community news.

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