West Lafayette Budget Offers Raises, Forecasts Big Insurance Increase

Aug 4, 2014

Health care costs are estimated to rise as much as ten percent, year-over-year.
Credit Keith Cooper / https://www.flickr.com/photos/cooperweb/8363160192

The West Lafayette City Council will take a first vote on the proposed 2015 budget Monday night.

The $19.2 million dollar spending plan represents a nearly a 4.5-percent increase from the current year.

It includes a 2-percent pay hike for city employees.

Clerk-Treasurer Judy Rhodes says the biggest cost drivers in the new plan are providing services to areas the city annexed last year and an anticipated 10-percent increase in health care costs.

“We’re prepared for that kind of increase," she says. "If we’re able at the renewal to achieve a lower increase, all to the better. But we’re prepared to respond to that kind of increase with this budget.”

A public hearing on the budget is scheduled for the council’s September meeting.

A final vote is set to take place at October’s meeting.

By law, all cities must submit their budgets to the Indiana Department of Local Government Finance by November 1 each year.