Seymour council hearings today focus on budget, insurance

Seymour Common Council will have two public hearings today, one on the city’s 2013 budget and a second on employee health insurance costs.

City councilman Lloyd Hudson said the council is looking to approve a 2 percent increase in employee wages as part of next year’s budget.

“We went two years without an increase,” he said Sunday. “It’s not a big amount, but we made some adjustments in other areas and did our best to have an increase for next year. Insurance and gas has gone up so much, and all employees are hit by it.”

As part of the budget approval process, the council will discuss salaries of all city employees as well as approve the city’s 2013 tax rate, which Mayor Craig Luedeman said is being set high at $1.4826 per $100 of assessed value.

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