By a narrow margin, Sacramento County supervisors on Tuesday reaffirmed their support for a controversial benefit health insurance payments for retirees.
Because the benefit isn't vested and the county has been cutting numerous services in recent years some supervisors have argued that the county should end it.
The benefit is expected to cost $1.4 million in 2013, according to an actuarial report presented to supervisors Tuesday.
Supervisors voted 3-2 to accept the report and to approve the benefit. Supervisors Susan Peters and Roberta MacGlashan opposed the benefit.
County retirees making less than $2,000 a month in pension payments are eligible for $40 monthly assistance for health insurance.
Retirees who successfully challenged the county's previous attempt to cut the benefit are also eligible and receive up to $269 a month.
The county plans to end the benefit in the fiscal year starting July 1, 2013.