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Metro Council OKs same-sex benefits for city employees

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NASHVILLE, TN (WSMV) -

Metro Council made a final decision on some big issues involving your tax dollars Tuesday evening.

Council members voted to approve Mayor Karl Dean's proposed budget. The mayor wants $1.9 billion to fund the city for the next fiscal year, which is about 4 percent more than last year's budget.

The plan also gives Metro Nashville Public Schools a $27 million increase from last year's budget. Most of that money will go to funding capital improvements and a new pre-K expansion.

The council also approved extending benefits to same-sex employees. That plan gives same-sex couples who work for the city the same marriage benefits given to straight couples.

In a statement released after the vote, the mayor said:

"The majority of large employers nationwide already offer domestic partner benefits, as do many city governments and large private employers in Nashville. I thank the Council for their leadership in making partner benefits a priority so that Metro can continue to offer a competitive level of benefits. Tonight's vote reaffirms that we, as a city, respect individual dignity and are a truly inclusive city."

The plan will cost taxpayers about $1 million per year.

The council was also set to consider whether to keep the Metro Homelessness Commission running. Its initial 10-year run expires at the end of the fiscal year.

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