County workers to help pay for health care

The Westchester County Board of Legislators approved a plan this week that forces county employees to pay for part of their health care costs, caps sick time accumulations and offers early retirement for some workers.

County Executive Rob Astorino says he supports the plan after working closely with legislators for weeks to come up with ways to avoid a projected $160 million budget deficit next year.

Under the plan, county workers making less than $60,000 would pay 10 percent of their health care costs. Those making $60,000-$120,000 would pay 15 percent and anyone making more than that would pay 20 percent. Anyone who has worked 30 or more years for the county would be exempt.

The legislation currently applies only to non-union employees, but the goal is to have it apply to anyone who works for the county.

For reactions to Westchester County Legislature's new spending plan, go to your digital cable box and select iO Extra on Ch. 612.

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