In addition to Election Day, I m also going to be busy covering Mayor Jack Diamond unveiling his proposed budget at City Hall at 1 p.m.
I had hoped that the mayor could have done it sooner, but he said the city was waiting on some figures from its health insurance carrier about how much of an increase there will be.
Health insurance is such a big part of the budget, Diamond said he needed to wait to release the draft until the city got the numbers. He was busy plugging in numbers over the weekend, as the city finally received late last week the estimates of how much the premiums will cost.
In the city’s $17.5 million 2017 budget, $3.3 million was allocated for health insurance costs. That includes $2.06 million for active employees and $1.24 million for retired employees. Another $138,000 will go toward dental insurance for active employees and those retirees who are eligible for the coverage.
This is my first budget as the Glens Falls reporter, so I have been busy familiarizing myself with the spending plan for the current year and some historical trends.
The Common Council will be reviewing the budgets with the department heads starting on Wednesday at 5:30 p.m. in the mayor’s second-floor conference room. The budgets for the city controller, personnel, police, building and codes and public works departments will be reviewed that day. On Thursday, the workshops will begin at 6:30 p.m. at the same location and will include meetings with the city clerk, tourism department, recreation and occupancy tax and the fire department.
In the meantime, I am getting ready for a big night as Glens Falls voters will pick the 22th mayor since the city’s incorporation in 1908 – choosing from Democrat Dan Hall, Republican Tim Guy and Green Party candidate Rich Cirino.
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