The first of the three proposed plans would extend benefits to same-sex domestic partners and their children. The second would extend benefits to both same- and opposite-sex domestic partners and children. And the third would extend benefits to same- and opposite-sex partners, children and another family member, according to the DART presentation materials.
The reason for the January delay was an evaluation of the costs for this shift; DART officials told the voice those have been ironed out. “DART’s consultant originally estimated adding DP benefits would cost $105,000 to $210,000, but the estimated costs on the proposal show $6,742 on the low side for the plan that covers only same-sex partners and their children to more than $1.6 million on the high end of the third plan that would also include a family member,” the paper writes. If the committee votes on the measure today, the full DART board could hear the topic by Feb. 26.
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