Beavercreek Township trustees got some bad news regarding projected budget increases at a special meeting November 11.

HR Manager Trish Gustafson went over the proposed 2011 Budget and five year forecast for the HR Department which included a projection for healthcare cost increases of 25% in 2011, 20% in 2012, and 15% every year after that. Zoning Inspector/Administrator Victoria Long also projected the same increases in her department.

The projected increases reflect a national trend of higher health care premiums experienced by businesses and governments following the passage of the the national health care reform bill.

Congressman Steve Austria from the 7th District of Ohio predicted just such an outcome when he opposed the bill back in March. Austria said he opposed the bill for several reasons including its nearly $1 trillion price tag, and the fact it will increase healthcare costs for many Americans.

Congressman Austria said, “Congress should have taken a common-sense, step-by-step approach focused on lowering the cost of health care, making it more affordable for families, providing increased accessibility and protecting the doctor – patient relationship.”

Source: Beavercreek Township website, Congressmen Steve Austria website.