Johnstown Village Council has canceled its Dec. 1 meeting and will hold a special meeting on Dec. 8, when the 2010 budget will be introduced.

Johnstown Village Council has canceled its Dec. 1 meeting and will hold a special meeting on Dec. 8, when the 2010 budget will be introduced.

Village manager Judy Edwards said Johnstown hasn't obtained sufficient information on the 2010 cost of employee health insurance to formulate an accurate 2010 budget.

Outside of employee salaries, Edwards said the employee benefits package is the village's second largest expense, which makes budgeting difficult if the amount of that expense remains unknown.

She told ThisWeek the village recently extended its contract with health care provider Medical Mutual for another month, as it tries to negotiate the best rates.

"We may move to a high deductible health plan," she said. "We're looking at different ways. The current plan is pricey, but it's the Cadillac of plans. We're working on it."

Traditionally, Johnstown pays all employees' health insurance costs.

Edwards described the village as "holding steady," with Johnstown's revenues "better than any municipality in Licking County."

She credited that healthy tax revenue to the expansion of Atrium and the addition of Thirty-One in the village's industrial park.

"From a tax perspective, we're one of the few places expanding," she said.

The Dec. 8 meeting begins at 7:30 p.m. in Council Chambers.

-- Marla Kuhlman