The Greenville City Council met in special session Thursday night to consider next year’s budget. The council had met earlier this week in an effort to go through the budget in detail. The budget passed Thursday night showed a $57,180 surplus in the general fund. The city’s fiscal year starts on May 1.
One of the items that had a big impact on the budget was employee health insurance. City Clerk and Finance Director Sue Ann Nelson presented the board with health insurance options. The board voted to stay with their current provider, Coventry, at an increase of 7.3 percent, which is less than the anticipated increase of 15 to 20 percent. Nelson also said that Coventry originally had proposed a 16 percent increase but during negotiations the increase dropped to 7.3. Nelson told the council that 4 percent of that increase was due to taxes from the Affordable Care Act. Coventry has also provided the least expensive health insurance option.
Councilman Roger Sanders moved to approve the budget, which was seconded by Kenny Hampton. Hampton, Sanders, and Mike Heath voted “yes” while Mayor Alan Gaffner voted “no”.