Nashville, TN - According to reports, the Nashville Metro Council has expressed a willingness to limit their lifetime health benefits to 100 years in an effort to ease the ongoing budget crises.
Councilman Joe Dobert said at a Wednesday meeting, "This is our moment to show our citizens how the hard sacrifices of a few can help the many."
Currently, councilmembers who serve at least eight years and their spouses are able to stay on the city's extensive health care plan for life. The new measure would limit the time period to 100 years after leaving the council.
The council nearly unanimously supported the proposal. Some even suggested capping the benefit at 95 years after retiring from the council.
Davidson County residents took to social media to express their support and appreciation for the move. One Nashvillian wrote, "Thank you councilmembers for showing us the true meaning of selfless leadership. I'm inspired by each of you."
While the council did not vote on the measure on Wednesday, they hope to get it on the agenda sometime in 2021 or 2022.
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