Several North Charleston employees are expected to retire in the coming weeks, some because of the change in health insurance costs.

As many as 10 employees from the police and fire departments may leave or retire early after the city increased its out-of-pocket cost for employee coverage.

The new budget for 2009-10 takes effect July 1. A major switch is that employees who select family coverage will begin paying $75 per two-week pay period. These employees previous saw no paycheck deductions for health insurance.

Officials won't know for sure on how large a group will be retiring until the employee departure forms are completed. Civilian workers could depart as well.