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Upper Saucon approves employee healthcare contribution hike

CENTER VALLEY, Pa. - The Upper Saucon Township Board of Supervisors Monday unanimously approved a 33 percent, or $10 per month, increase in the employee healthcare contributions towards insurance premiums for full-time, non-uniformed, and non-union township employees.

The increase will become effective Jan. 1, 2018.  For single employee coverage next year, the contribution will rise from the current $20 to $30 monthly and for a family from $40 to $60 monthly.

In both 2019 and 2020 , the single and family contributions will rise $10 annually for each plan. Therefore in 2020 contributions for a single employee will arrive at $50 monthly and $100 for a family.

However, these non-union contributions are subject to change depending on the erratic and ever-increasing cost of healthcare, according to the supervisors.  

Township manager Tom Beil said Upper Saucon's trend in asking for employee healthcare contributions has been on the rise since this year when except for $40 contribution requirements for public works employees back in both 2014 and 2015, all employees paid zero towards healthcare premiums.

Township documents cite the new township healthcare plan began back in 2016 and required no employee contributions.

Notably, contributions by the township's police department have not yet been negotiated through the union for 2019 and 2020.

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