Morris City Manager Blaine Hill. (Photo: Marshall Hoffman)

To help finalize next year’s budget, the City of Morris was waiting for an expected increase in health insurance rates from its provider for City employees. But City Manager Blaine Hill told KMRS that the numbers that came in this month took him by surprise.

Deductibles will remain the same, so Hill said the extra financial breathing room will help in his efforts to get the tax increase down to the 3 percent level for the final budget which will be presented in December.

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