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Forsyth Council Members Dropping Their Own Health Coverage Hoping to Save City Money

FORSYTH, Georgia (41NBC/WMGT) - The newest city council members in Forsyth are taking steps to save the city money, and they're doing it, every way possible before the year is out.

As the city of Forsyth prepares for the holiday season, council members are making their notes and checking them twice.

They want to balance the city's budget heading into next year, and the path to get there, starts with the council members.

"The city council at the last council meeting, made a motion to stop the health insurance benefits for the city council and Mayor. It was voted on unanimously," Thomas White, Forsyth's City Administrator, said.

He said council positions are a part time job, and leaders decided since other part time city employees weren't getting health benefits, they should cut theirs too.

"We try to save money any way we can. If it don't make sense, we try to save it," White said.

"Over the years we have tried to keep things lower here in the city and this will go towards keeping our rates low," he said.

Forsyth will save around $100,000 with the cuts.

Council is even looking at saving money with their issues iPads.

"Council voted to take the 3G off. It's not a significant savings, but I think it's like $39 a month times seven, that's a big savings," White said.

They plan on holding several budget meetings before the end of the year, to see where they can cut costs.

"We're still in this crunch time and our citizens deserve for us to do the best we can to keep things low," White said.

 

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