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Metro Council passes domestic partner benefits, next year's budget

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. - On Tuesday night, the Metro Council made Nashville the fourth city in Tennessee to provide domestic partner benefits for Metro employees.

The move means Nashville will offer health insurance and pension benefits to the same-sex partners of Metro workers.

The vote of 27 for, 7 against and 2 abstentions was the final of three required votes.

The benefits will be offered to eligible employees beginning January 1, 2015.

Currently, Collegedale, Chattanooga and Knoxville are the only cities in Tennessee that offer domestic partner benefits.

Tuesday night, the council also unanimously approved an operating budget of $1.8 billion for the 2014-2015 fiscal year.

Forty-one percent of the operating budget will go toward Metro Nashville Public Schools.

Council members also voted on a scaled-back one percent pay raise across the board for city employees, and funding for MTA to offer free bus rides for all MNPS high school students.
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