The Baker County Commission will soon have to decide how to absorb a roughly half-a-million dollar hit to an already tight budget from rising health insurance costs.
The county is currently eyeing a 25 percent increase in health insurance premiums for the coming fiscal year, which begins October 1.
None of the county’s options are good, says County Manager C.J. Thompson, a former health insurance executive with Florida Blue, formerly Blue Cross Blue Shield of Florida. He’s been busy preparing for the commission’s budget workshop on July 16, when the board will get its first crack at the proposed spending plan for the 2013-14 fiscal year.