The Jefferson County Council on Tuesday approved a $11.5 million budget for 2014.

The total budget came in slightly lower than advertised. The general budget was approved at more than $7 million and included a 2 percent salary raise for county employees.

With the approval from the council, the budget now will go to the state for review before being certified. The certified budget could come back to the county later this year or early next year.

"We were definitely under what we advertised, and that's important," said County Council Vice President Judy Smith.

The council approved the budget by a 5-0 vote. Bill Hensler and Laura Boldery were absent.

In other business:

• The council met with the county insurance committee to discuss a possible renewal with provider Humana. The county would pay a 20 percent increase if it decides to stay with Humana next year.

Recorder Leigh Koehler, a member of the insurance council, requested that the council increase the employee cap from $6,200 to $7,000. She said the change would not affect the overhaul coverage, but rather cover the possible increases.

The council called for a special meeting later this month to further discuss the possible renewal.

The meeting is set for Monday, Oct. 21 at 5 p.m.