Visalia may phase out retiree health benefits

FRESNO, Calif.

The City of Visalia may start phasing out its subsidy of retiree health benefits.

Right now, the city covers up to 80% of the cost.

But starting next year, retirees could be stuck with the tab, anywhere from $6,000 to $15,000 a year.

City officials say paying for roughly 200 retired employees costs the city $2 million a year.

"Well it is a cost the city has and as the city has struggled with its budget it's looked at an item that the city's been generous in the past and that's retiree healthcare and they said we can't afford this anymore," Eric Frost said.

Visalia City Council members will vote on the proposed cuts next Monday at 4 p.m.

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