Domestic Partner BenefitsThe Board approved a motion to offer employee benefits to same sex domestic partners. The domestic partners plan will allow employees with same sex partners to take part in open enrollment in October 2010 with benefits beginning in January 2011. The Human Resources Department estimates the program will attract less than one percent of the County workforce.
The Board voted to give Crisis Assistance Ministry $100,000 to help pay for the increase in families seeking help to pay for housing and utilities. The number of people being served by Crisis Assistance Ministry grew 25% this year. The money comes from the County's unrestricted contingency fund.
The Board unanimously approved a resolution by Commissioner Cogdell that acknowledges some accounting discrepencies in the management of the DSS Giving Tree Program while at the same time praising County Manager Harry Jones and senior staff for being transparent about the issue. The resolution calls on the community to move ahead and concentrate on more substantive issues in the month ahead.
The Board deferred until January a decision about how to operate Child Support Enforcement. The program has been funded by the state but that responsibility is being turned over the County. The County could run the program itself, hire an outside agency to run it or partner with other counties in a regional effort.
The next televised meeting of the Board County Commissioners will be January 5. The agenda will be available here at MecklenburgCountyNC.gov on January 1.