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Workers Comp Claims Put Hurt On Augusta's City Budget

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Injuries on the job are putting a hurt on the Augusta city budget.

The city is seeing a substantial increase in employees getting hurt in accidents, and workers compensation claims are on the rise.

Finance officials say to get through the rest of the year more than 800 thousand dollars will need to come from reserves to cover the increasing worker comp costs.

"The only way to prevent it is to teach our employees safety habits. I believe that's been done in the past, but it's hard to stop a workman's comp claim when an employee gets hurt," says Commissioner Wayne Guilfoyle, who is chairman of the Augusta Commission's Finance Committee.

"Going into fund balance has to be a concern?" we asked. "That does actually concern me. We need to find an alternative," says Guilfoyle.

The Finance Committee takes up the request Monday.

Guilfoyle says the city saved $2 million by becoming self-insured, so he says even if an extra $800,000 is needed for claims, the city is still more than $1 million ahead.

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