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Marathon County budget calls for higher premiums, no layoffs

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MARATHON COUNTY (WAOW) -- Marathon County's 2012 budget will include significant changes for most employees, according to a budget proposal released by the county.

The Marathon County Board of Supervisors was scheduled to hear the budget proposal at 3:00 p.m. Monday.

According to the proposal, most county employees will contribute 5.8 percent of their wages to retirement. Currently, employees do not contribute anything to that account.

Also, most employees would pay a substantial increase in health insurance premiums (up to 12.6 percent from 5 percent), and the plan would be driven by higher deductibles.

County officials estimate those changes will save the county more than $3 million.

The proposal calls for no layoffs of county employees and no increase in the property tax rate.

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