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Deschutes County employees are fighting the County over a proposed increase in health care premiums.   County Administrator Dave Kanner: “Healthcare inflation is running 9% or 10 % a year. And as a result, as our claims costs go up, 9%, 10%, 11%; one year it went up 14%, we’re simply not on a sustainable path.” Kanner says the County is asking employees to pay $65 instead of $50. Union spokesman Yaju Dharmarajah says employees are concerned about future years: “But due to the life of the contract; they’re asking for a five year contract, they are proposing that after next year, they be allowed to move to a percentage-based cost containment for health care.” Employees have want to find out exactly how much the County has spent on health care and say they want to work with the County, but that employees over the years have sacrificed pay for reduced health care. Under the County proposal, employee contribution could increase to $200 a month. The County will meet with the union again April 28th.

 

 

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Jones Road, full road closure between Bennington Lane and NE Butler Market Road. May 18 – August 18, local access only.
 

Oregon State University off-site improvements for intersection reconstruction, July 11 – August 3,    7 a.m. – 4:30 p.m., at intersection of Chandler Avenue and Yates Drive.

 

Orion Drive closed in two locations for sewer work; at the intersection with Avery Lane and between Desert Woods Drive and King Hezekiah Way.  From July 11 to Sept. 6. Detours marked.

 

Valhalla Sewer Relocation Project, Mt. Washington Drive at Shevlin Park Road intersection and North to Regency Street. Nighttime closures with detours marked during roundabout construction. Daytime closures for construction towards Regency Street.    7 p.m. – 7 a.m., July 11 – November.

 
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