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Indianapolis City-County Council Approves Same-Sex Benefits

Indianapolis City-County Council members voted to provide same-sex benefits for city-county employees. The measure now goes to Mayor Greg Ballard.

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An Indianapolis City-County Council committee listens to public comment on a proposal that provides benefits to same-sex partners.

The Indianapolis City-County Council approved Monday a proposal to give benefits to city and county employees involved in domestic partnerships.

The bipartisan proposal passed by a vote of 20 to 8. Some councillors opposed the proposal because of the budget issues facing the city as outlined earlier in the night in Mayor Greg Ballard‘s budget presentation.

Opponents said it is not exactly clear how much the measure would cost but estimated the cost to be between $200,000 and $1 million.

Democratic Councillor Angela Mansfield said a cost analysis by the office of the City Controller showed it would cost one third of one percent of what the city spends on health insurance.

“The city controller had their benefits consultant do a cost analysis and the actual amount was less than one third of one percent of what the cost would be so it‘s very, very small,” she says.

Republican Councillor Aaron Freeman says the council did not heed Ballard’s earlier presentation that made note of a $65 million budget shortfall.

“Now, less than two hours later, we‘re adding things to it and presumably, we‘re going to have to go find some more money,” he says. “And I was struck by a comment the mayor said when he said, ‘This budget is not a license to spend,‘ and yet we‘re already spending.”

The measure goes to Mayor Ballard‘s desk for approval.

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