Greendale saves big with new health plan

Published on: 11/6/2012

Greendale - The village anticipates spending less in 2013, thanks largely to a reduction in health insurance costs, but will collect more in taxes.

Alternate sources of revenue, such as state aids, are decreasing.

The proposed 2013 municipal budget calls for $13.9 million in spending, $109,000 less than in 2012.

A change in health insurance providers will result in a $490,000 savings, and all village employees will begin paying a 12 percent health insurance co-pay..

In 2012, most employees paid the 12 percent co-pay, but members of the firefighter and AFSCME unions did not. AFSCME members, which include Department of Public Works staff and Village Hall clerical staff, had actually been paying 13 percent co-pays.

The AFSCME contract's expiration will see those employees paying 6.65 percent of their wages to their pension, whereas before they didn't pay any wages into their pension.

The city will add one new position, the deputy treasurer, to its payroll. Before the change, the deputy clerk did double duty, acting as deputy treasurer as well.

Cuts in the six-day operations of the Department of Public Works' recycling center are on the table. The city hopes to save $20,000 by closing the center on Tuesdays and Thursdays.

Greendale's municipal levy is proposed at $9.3 million, up from $9.1 million in 2012.

The tax rate is estimated at $7.78 per $1,000 of assessed value, meaning that the owner of a home valued at $201,273 would pay $1,676.64 in taxes to the village - about $13.45 more than last year.

Village residents will see no change in utility costs.

Looking ahead, Village Manager Todd Michaels said changes included in the state's Act 10, could be used to reduce costs by bringing some contracted positions in house.

'We're more in control of our costs, where before we might have somebody at $25 per hour with a fully paid pension take your trash, which is now not going to be the fact. It's an interesting time where we may take in more of our work,' he said.

Changes in the contracting of recycling are being discussed, but won't be in this year's budget. The village believes it can save money by using its own workers instead of private contractors.

Next Step

WHAT: public hearing on proposed 2013 village budget

WHEN: Nov. 26, time to be determined

WHERE: Village Hall, 6500 Northway