McCOOK, Nebraska -- In response to a question from the Gazette, State Sen. Mark Christensen said providing health coverage for domestic partners of city employees would not be appropriate. McCook City Councilman Aaron Kircher has put just such a proposal on tonight's City Council agenda. "I feel this is not in the best interest of the people of McCook for several reasons. First, the state does not acknowledge domestic partnerships as a legal union. This proposed benefit would not align with our state laws. Secondly, enacting more benefits for city employees would cause an increase in cost, which could result in higher property tax.
"Higher taxes are exactly what the people of McCook are not wanting.
"With the hard economic times we are currently going through, we all have to make sacrifices. This includes not expanding social benefits," Christensen said.
The City Council meeting, which convenes at 7:30 p.m. in Memorial Auditorium, also includes proposed water rate increases of 3 percent and sewer rates of 5 percent.