The employee’s share of paying for health insurance has not been increased in recent years, Richwine said. He said the concern is those costs will rise in the future and the employees will be asked to pay a higher premium amount.
“We would have preferred to err on the side of caution,” Richwine said. “We want to be able to help the employees in the future on health insurance costs.”
Anderson Mayor Kevin Smith said city employees are not likely to see a pay increase until 2015 after the Anderson City Council rejected the city’s 2014 budget proposal.
During Smith’s first term as mayor in 2004 the employees did receive a pay increase.
“The city was then on a sound fiscal path,” he said Wednesday. “However, about four years ago, 34 new police and fire department employees were hired. Their average cost to the taxpayers is about $81,000 per year. That added a tax burden of about $2.7 million. We’re still trying to dig ourselves out of that fiscal hole.”