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Lee County Workers Keep Paying

Keokuk, IA – A budget-cutting measure impacting part of Lee County's workforce will remain in effect. The County Board of Supervisors has voted to continue to charge non-union workers for part of their health insurance premiums. These employees must contribute $25 a month towards a single policy, $50 towards a family plan. The move comes one week after the board overturned its decision to cut one hour from the workweek for union workers. Board Chairman Rick Larkin says that while the decision to continue charging non-union workers for insurance may seem unfair, the board must find ways to trim the budget. Larkin says the board's recent decisions could create some hard feelings for county employees. He says even if that is the case, the board must look for ways to save money or workers could be let go next year. The board's two proposals were aimed at negating a 3% pay hike that took effect in July.