Asheville City Council member Gordon Smith will make a presentation at a Tuesday, Feb. 9, meeting asking Council to support benefits for same-sex domestic partners of city employees.
Smith told Xpress he is fine-tuning the language in his proposal over weekend, but that he plans to focus on hiring and retention of quality employees at a time when pay raises have been suspended.
“To remain competitive, especially in budgetary years when we’re not seeing salaries rise it’s going to be really important that we offer equal benefits for equal work,” Smith said. “Secondly, it’s simple fairness. We have an opportunity to make sure all of our employees are treated equally.”
Smith plans to ask Council to support the move “in concept” and to direct city staff to draft an ordinance to return to Council in March for a formal implementation.
— Brian Postelle, staff writer