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Sonoma County’s retiree health costs resume upward march
Santa Rosa Press Democrat

Three years after a highly controversial rollback in retiree medical benefits, Sonoma County government’s costs for retiree health care and its long-term liabilities again are on the rise.

The increase is shown in a county report made public last week and headed to the county Board of Supervisors Tuesday for acceptance.

It reveals what one supervisor, Shirlee Zane, called a “disappointing” picture of escalating costs that the county sought to cap in 2008 with benefit reductions approved over the protests of current and former workers.