City Council was posed to approve extending insurance benefits to the
same-sex partners of city employees as this issue went to press.
was set to vote May 2 on the plan, which was pushed by Councilman
Chris Seelbach, the first openly gay person to serve on the group.
analysis indicates it would cost the city of Cincinnati between
$348,000 and $543,000 more each year to provide medical, dental and
vision insurance benefits to the same-sex partners of city employees.
figures were provided in an April 30 memo to council from City
Manager Milton Dohoney Jr.
The range in costs depends on how many
people apply to use the benefit should it become available, Dohoney
estimates between 44 and 73 employees would choose this benefit if
offered, some of whom have children.
entire City Council has indicated it supports the plan except Charlie
Winburn, the group’s sole Republican and an evangelical minister.
already offers insurance coverage to the same-sex partners of its